SALT LAKE CITY — Utah sports fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite athlete, coach, play and event during the inaugural Governor's State of Sport Awards, hosted by the Utah Sports Commission and presented by Zions Bank. The awards celebrate Utah's sports community and honor excellence in high school, amateur, collegiate, Olympic and professional sports. The event will also recognize key sports people and partners who have been instrumental in helping to build Utah's sports industry.
Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert will offer remarks and present awards along with NBA commissioner David J. Stern, who will be speaking to those in attendance at the awards luncheon on Thursday, April 5 at EnergySolutions Arena.
"I am pleased to be part of this great event to recognize excellence in sports and I would also like to extend a very special welcome and thank you to commissioner Stern for joining us," said Gov. Herbert. "Utah is an outstanding sports community, and I am honored to take part in the inaugural Governor's State of Sport Awards luncheon," said Stern.
The awards will be for the 2011 calendar year and will include female high school athlete, male high school athlete, female collegiate or pro athlete, male collegiate or pro athlete, play or highlight of the year, game or event of the year and coach of the year.
The nominees were selected by a committee comprised of members of the sports media and community at large. Beginning March 13, fans can visit www.stateofsportawards.com and select their favorite nominee in each category. Voting will conclude on Friday, March 30 at midnight. The winners, chosen by sports fans throughout Utah, will then be honored at the April 5 ceremony.
In addition, a Lifetime Achievement in Sport award will be presented posthumously to Larry H. Miller, legendary Utah sports entrepreneur, athlete and philanthropist.
"Larry would be honored to receive this award," said Gail Miller. "He believed that bringing professional sports to our community benefits our state as well as the people who live here by giving them a place to go to and enjoy some time away from their normal daily routine."?
High School Athlete Male
Chase Hansen - Football, Lone Peak High School
DJ Nelson - Football, Logan High School
Kayden Porter - Baseball, Spanish Fork High School
Jordan Loveridge - Basketball, West Jordan High School
High School Athlete Female
Lexi Eaton - Basketball, Springville High School
Brittney Martin - Basketball, Syracuse High School
Emily Bruder - Soccer, Juan Diego High School
MaCauley Flint - Softball, Roy High School
College or Pro Athlete Male
Jimmer Fredette - Basketball, Brigham Young University
Eric Weddle - Safety, San Diego Chargers
Louie Vito - Snowboarding
Kyle Beckerman - Midfielder, Real Salt Lake
College or Pro Athlete Female
Carlee Payne - Soccer, Brigham Young University
Stephanie McAllister - Gymnastics, University of Utah
Katherine Reutter - Speedskating, U.S. Speedskating
Michelle Plouffe - Basketball, University of Utah
Game or Event of the Year
University of Utah vs Georgia Tech Football
BYU defeats Gonzaga in NCAA Tournament
Summer/Winter Dew Tour
Nationwide Tour Utah Championship
Play or Highlight of the Year
Jimmer 3-Pointer vs University of Utah
BYU touchdown vs Utah State University
University of Utah touchdown vs Georgia Tech
Saborio Goal vs Seattle Sounders
Coach of the Year
Dave Rose - Basketball, Brigham Young University
Gary Andersen - Football, Utah State University
Stew Morrill - Basketball, Utah State University
Jason Kreis - Soccer, Real Salt Lake