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May 9, 2014

NTSPY Awards: News and Tribune to honor prep athletes

NTSPY ceremony will be held June 26 at IUS

NEW ALBANY — The News and Tribune will honor 27 student-athletes, one coach and one team with an ESPY-style awards ceremony on Thursday, June 26 at Indiana University Southeast’s Ogle Center.

June’s event will be the first NTSPY (News and Tribune Sports Performance Yearly) Awards ceremony. The News and Tribune hopes that it quickly becomes a Southern Indiana sports tradition.

“I think everyone is familiar with the ESPY awards presented by ESPN. I’ve thought for a while now that it would be neat to do something like that with outstanding high school athletes,” News and Tribune publisher Bill Hanson said. “The time was right, so we gathered a group of folks together and we’re going to make it happen in June. Like anything else, people have to want it and like it for it to be sustainable. We hope to make that happen.”

The award ceremony is another indication of the News and Tribune’s continued activity within the Southern Indiana community.

“As publisher of the News and Tribune, I am always looking for ways that the newspaper and our staff can make a difference in the lives of Clark and Floyd County residents,” Hanson said. “The NTSPY awards seem like a natural fit. People rally around their sports teams. We have some great teams and individual athletes in this area. The News and Tribune follows these kids from the day they start participating in sports. It seems fitting that we help recognize their accomplishments in this way.”

Athletes in 29 categories will be honored, including boys’ and girls’ single-sport Player of the Year, boys’ and girls’ overall Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year, Team of the Year and Inspirational Story of the Year.

Thirteen of the recipients have already been revealed as Player of the Year in individual sports: Calvin McEwen (Clarksville boys’ basketball), Kaitlynn Henning (Charlestown girls’ basketball), Gavan Jolley-Little (Jeffersonville wrestling), Remi Bowman (Floyd Central volleyball), Lauren Wyatt (Floyd Central girls’ soccer), Varun Alse (Floyd Central boys’ soccer), Logan Charbonneau (New Albany boys’ tennis), Meg Taylor (Floyd Central girls’ swimming), T Martin (Jeffersonville boys’ swimming), Lydia Kotowski (Floyd Central girls’ cross country), Julien Magallanes (Borden boys’ cross country) and Tuwan Payton (New Albany football). Six more Players of the Year will be named in the News and Tribune following the spring season.

“Anytime you can bring people together for a common cause, it shines more light on whatever you’re celebrating,” Hanson added. “I think the NTSPY awards will give our outstanding area athletes an opportunity to not only shine on the field or court but also in front of their peers, family and friends. This is also a way for us to showcase the great work we do at the News and Tribune and the facilities at Indiana University Southeast. Probably most important of all is that a portion of the proceeds for the night will be donated to the Special Olympics of Southern Indiana.”

“When I heard about it, I was pretty excited,” IU Southeast athletic director Joe Glover said. “We have a great athletic community. We’re excited to have it on our campus and to be a sponsor. We’re happy to welcome some tremendous student-athletes to our campus.”

The general public can attend the event, which is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Those interested can call 812-941-2526 or visit the IU Southeast Ogle Center website at www.oglecenter.ius.edu. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

“The perfect evening would be having all of our athletes attend the event with family and friends and we have a sellout crowd,” Hanson said. “Not only would that bring more attention to their accomplishments, but it would help us give a bigger donation to The Special Olympics folks. Like any event coordinator, my biggest concern is making sure enough people show up to support this great event.”

Glover said he’s happy to have IU Southeast involved with the event.

“For me, it’s great that IU Southeast can be involved in honoring student-athletes for what they do for the community of Southern Indiana. Being born here in Floyd County, I’ve grown up knowing how important athletics is to the community. That’s why we jumped on board so quickly with the idea.”

“When we were thinking about a location, comfort was a huge factor as was making sure that the event was held in a neutral location since we are honoring athletes from a number of Clark and Floyd County high schools,” Hanson said. “IU Southeast fit the bill perfectly. Their staff will provide the location and the food in a comfortable and attractive venue.”

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