Event Date & Time

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
6:00pm

Event Location

DCU Center
50 Foster St, Worcester, MA 01608
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About Best of Hometeam All-Stars




Join the Telegram & Gazette as we celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the 2017-2018 Hometeam high school student athletes at the annual Best of Hometeam All-Stars Awards. The second annual awards banquet is the T&G'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.

The event honors the top performers from Central Massachusetts in 31 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. Best of Hometeam athletes are invited to attend for free and the event is open to family, friends and the general public.

We are proud to welcome New England Patriot Wide Receiver, Danny Amendola, as our featured special guest. Amendola will be live in Worcester 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. General admission ticket includes dinner, awards ceremony, and presentation by special guest speaker. General admission seating is first come, first served in proximity to speaker. Seating is limited. Best of Hometeam athletes will receive a invitation with instructions for claiming your free ticket.

Best of Hometeam All-Stars is presented by the Telegram & Gazette.




Special Guest

Danny Amendola

Two-Time Super Bowl Champion
Undrafted out of college. Considered too short, too slow. Cut by the Dallas Cowboys. Cut by the Philadelphia Eagles. Let go by the St. Louis Rams.

For five years, Danny Amendola called New England his football home, winning two Super Bowl titles.

Considered one of the best clutch wide receivers in the NFL, Amendola caught eight passes for 78 yards and a touchdown - plus the game-tying 2-point conversion with 57 seconds left - as the Patriots rallied to beat the Falcons, 34-28, in Super Bowl LI.

Two years earlier, he caught five passes for 48 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown in New England's 28-24 win over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.

But 2017 - his last season in Foxboro - may have been Amendola's best. And, boy, did they ever need him.

With Julian Edelman out for the season with an injury, Amendola stepped up to make 61 catches for 659 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 26 receptions for 348 yards and two touchdowns in the playoffs.

He had a postseason career-high 11 catches for 112 yards in New England's Divisional round victory over the Titans, converting four third-down attempts for first downs.

But he was just getting started.

Against the Jaguars in the AFC Championship game, Amendola caught seven passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns, including a 9-yarder with less than nine minutes left that cut a 10-point deficit to three. He then returned a punt 20 yards that helped set up his go-ahead, 4-yard toe-tapping TD catch in the back of the end zone to give the Patriots the 24-20 victory.

New England fell short of winning a sixth Super Bowl last month, but Amendola was again at his best on the world's biggest stage, finishing with eight receptions for 152 yards against the Eagles.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick is usually reserved in his comments about players, but not about Amendola.

"Danny's such a good football player," Belichick said. "When you look up 'good football player' in the dictionary, his picture is right there beside it. It doesn't matter what it is -- fielding punts, third down, big play, red area, onside kick recovery -- whatever we need him to do. He's just a tremendous player."

Tickets

Best of Hometeam All-Star athletes are invited to attend for free and the event is open to family, friends and the general public.
General admission tickets may be purchased for $50 per person. General admission ticket includes dinner, awards ceremony, and presentation by special guest speaker.
General admission seating is first come, first served in proximity to speaker.

Food

Dinner Menu*
Mixed Salad
Chicken Entree**
Potato
Vegetable
Dessert

*menu subject to change
**vegetarian option available

Parking

Parking is available at the DCU Center Garages, Nearby Parking Lots and Facilities and Limited Metered Parking near the DCU Center.

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