Coordinated Health, part of Lehigh Valley Health Network, will hold its seventh annual Athlete of the Year awards as a virtual event, broadcast live on PBS39 May 19 at 7 p.m. Former captain of the United States women’s national soccer team and three-time Olympic gold medalist Christie Pearce Rampone will speak during the event, providing inspiration to student-athletes at a time when it’s needed the most.
The Athlete of the Year event is the culminating celebration of the Athlete of the Week program, sponsored by Coordinated Health. The 35-week program, featured in The Morning Call, gives the public an opportunity to vote for three male and female student-athletes weekly. Each weekly winner receives a $500 scholarship and appears on a PBS39 news segment.
In addition to the weekly scholarships, Coordinated Health awards one female and one male Athlete of the Week winner with a $10,000 scholarship. This year’s winners will be announced live during the broadcast May 19. All weekly winners are eligible for the top prize, which is determined based on academics, community leadership and athletic accomplishments.
In addition to the Athlete of the Year winners, other non-monetary awards announced during the broadcast will include Comeback Athlete of the Year, Coaches of the Year presented by The Morning Call, Legacy Award presented by PBS39 and Community Support Award.
“Athlete of the Year has been an important part of Coordinated Health’s sports medicine program for seven years, and we are excited to continue to honor area student-athletes along with our partners at Lehigh Valley Health Network,” says Coordinated Health –LVHN President Amy Nyberg.
The program is supported by PBS39 as the Premier Production Partner and The Morning Call as the Premier Media Partner.
“We are looking forward to celebrating these extraordinary senior athletes and utilizing this new virtual platform. While we won’t have a traditional live audience, we have some innovative ways to include the athletes and make this an interactive event,” says Yoni Greenbaum, Chief Content Officer at Lehigh Valley Public Media.
Coordinated Health’s Athlete of the Year is the region’s largest scholarship program for student-athletes with over $250,000 in scholarships being awarded since it began in 2013.
Watch the Athlete of the Year Awards live on PBS39 or pbs39.org/aoty.