Event Date & Time

Monday June 19th, 2017

Event Location

Mohawk Valley Community College Jorgensen Athletic Center
1101 Sherman Dr, Utica, NY 13501
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About All-Mohawk Valley All-Stars

Join the Observer-Dispatch as we celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the 2016-2017 All-Mohawk Valley high school student-athletes at the inaugural All-Mohawk Valley All-Stars Sports Awards. This awards banquet is the Observer-Dispatch's way of saying thank you to the thousands of outstanding high school athletes, coaches, and fans who allow us to share their stories, performances and passions. Sponsored by Accelerate Sports, Chanatry's Hometown Market, and New York State Tool, the event honors the top performers from Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego, and Madison counties in 25 sports. Awards will be presented to the Outstanding Player of the Year in each sport, as well as Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year, and Coach of the Year. All-Mohawk Valley athletes are invited to attend for free and the event is open to family, friends and the general public.

We are proud to welcome football legend Jim Kelly as our featured special guest. Jim will be live in Utica for a question and answer session about lessons he's learned and memories he's made during his career.

Doors open at 6:00pm. Event starts at 6:30pm. General admission tickets may be purchased for $50 per person and are on sale now. General admission ticket includes dinner, awards ceremony, and presentation by speaker. General admission seating is first come, first served in proximity to speaker. Seating is limited.

All-Mohawk Valley All-Stars Sports Awards is presented by the Observer-Dispatch, sponsored by Accelerate Sports, Chanatry's Hometown Market, and New York State Tool and hosted by Mohawk Valley Community College.

Special Guest

Jim Kelly

Football Legend
The Buffalo Bills selected quarterback Jim Kelly in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft. However, the Miami Hurricane star opted to sign with the Houston Gamblers of the United States Football League. Kelly, in two seasons with the Gamblers, threw for 9,842 yards and 83 touchdowns. The USFL folded following the 1985 season, and Kelly, just prior to the start of the 1986 NFL season, signed with the Bills. A strong-armed passer with a "linebacker's mentality," Kelly lived up to his advance billing, as he virtually rewrote the Bills' record book for quarterbacks. Only three players in NFL history had reached the 30,000-yard career passing mark faster. Eight times during his NFL career he passed for more than 3,000 yards in a season, and twenty-six times he passed for more than 300 yards in a game. On September 13, 1992, in a 34-31 shootout victory over the Steve Young-led San Francisco 49ers, Kelly passed for a career-high 403 yards. The Bills, during the 1990s, with Kelly and teammates Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed, possessed a highly potent offense. Kelly's quick decisiveness and fast paced "no-huddle" offense terrorized opposing defenses. He led the NFL in passing in 1990 and the AFC again in 1991. With his 101.2 passer rating in 1990, he became only the fifth quarterback to maintain a rating over 100 since the system was introduced in 1973. In 11 seasons in Buffalo, Kelly led the Bills to the playoffs eight times. In 17 playoff game appearances, including four consecutive Super Bowls, he passed for 3,863 yards and 21 touchdowns. At the time of his retirement, his 84.4 passer rating ranked sixth all-time and was second when compared to Hall of Fame quarterbacks. His 35,467 career passing yards ranked tenth in NFL history; his 2,874 completions ranked eighth; and his 237 touchdowns ranked thirteenth. At the time of Kelly's retirement, only Fran Tarkenton, Dan Fouts, and Johnny Unitas among Hall of Fame quarterbacks had passed for more yardage, and only Tarkenton, and Fouts had completed more passes. His life continues to serve as an inspiration for many people when Kelly when he was diagnosed with oral cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, in 2013. He underwent aggressive surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy treatments requiring long periods of time in the hospital. After fighting for his life, he was declared cancer free in 2015 and his cancer remains in remission at this time.

About Our Sponsors

We are about promoting and strengthening the sporting and fitness world around the area. Whatever sport is may be Accelerate Sports wants to see the athletes at any level succeed and get to whatever level they desire and reach whatever goals they have set! We will be involved in the training aspect of individual athletes, teams, and organizations as well as sponsorships, events, and apparel. Keep Calm and Accelerate on!

We love Central New York and the Mohawk Valley and are deeply committed to it. Chanatry's purchases its goods and services as much as it can locally. Our Labor force is second to none. Our people are also deeply committed to our beautiful community. They spend nearly 3 million dollars locally each year. Chanatry's pays local taxes, supports local schools and houses of worship and also contributes widely to our local charities. It is so very true when we say "At Chanatry's your dollar goes the farthest, but still stays at home."

NYS Tool, founded in 1976, has grown to 15 employees and has worked with companies as large as the Fortune 3 down to specific support industries. We started in our industry with a strong work ethic. We like to say "If your going to say it, your going to do it". We work hard to exceed our customers expectations. To this day, you can pick up the phone and speak directly to the owner or the employees that impact their production and business bottom line. Our name is on the line every day in production environments. We share the same interest in parts per tool and accuracy as our customers. This level of dedication and personal involvement continues to be the driving force behind our successful business.