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2019 Best of Preps

Date: May 21, 2019
Join the Herald-Tribune as we salute the accomplishments of the 2018-2019 all-star high school student athletes at the annual Best of HT Preps Awards. This celebration honors the hundreds of outstanding prep athletes and coaches whose stories of performance, drive and passion have been shared in the Herald-Tribune.

Presented by the Herald-Tribune and sponsored by Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and Sarasota Ford. The event honors the top performers from Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties in 21 sports. Awards will be presented to the Player of the Year in each sport as well as the Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year. Best of HT Preps athletes are invited to attend for free. A limited number of tickets are also available for athlete's to purchase for guests for dinner as well as bleacher tickets for other guests to watch the awards ceremony and guest speaker presentation.

Student athletes will receive a written invitation for a free ticket through their school along with an opportunity to purchase two tickets. Seats are limited. Details will be included in student letters.

The event begins at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5:45 p.m. for student athletes and their guests who have a purchased banquet tickets.

General Admission tickets, which allow seating during the awards ceremony, may also be purchased for $15 each. Seating for GA ticket holders begins at 6:45 p.m. and is first come, first serve. Deadline to purchase tickets is May 17 unless the event sells out prior.

We are proud to welcome a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and two time World Champion Gymnast, Gabby Douglas, as our featured special guest. Gabby will be live in Sarasota for a question and answer session about lessons she's learned and memories she's made during her career.

With questions, please call 941-361-4557. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Stephanie Draper at 941-361-4038.

Best of HT Preps is presented by the Herald-Tribune, Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and Sarasota Ford. Thanks to our sponsors for helping us to present this event to our community.
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Special Guest

Gabby Douglas

Three Time Gold Medalist and Three Time World Champion Gymnast
With three Olympic Gold medals and two World Championship medals under her belt, Gabby Douglas has been the most loved gymnast of this decade. Gabby burst into the hearts and minds of mainstream America in 2012 during the London Olympic Games when she became the first African-American woman to win an Olympic Gold medal in the All-Around Individual event. Since then, Gabby has been one of the most influential female athletes in the world and is continuously at the center of pop culture.

When Gabby was only 16 years old, she was selected to represent America as a member of the Olympic Women's Gymnastics team to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Gabby became the first American gymnast to win Gold in both the All-Around Individual and Team competitions at the same Olympics.
After the London Games, Gabby's stardom took off and she became a teen sensation. She made appearances on The Tonight Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show and was named to Barbara Walters' list as one of the "10 Most Fascinating People of 2012.

After the London Olympics, Gabby knew she had more to give on the gymnastics floor and decided to do the near impossible - go for another Gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. After overcoming the odds, Gabby successfully made her second Olympic gymnastics team and represented her country once again in the Olympics. There, Gabby won her third Olympic Gold medal in the Team competition and is the only All-Around Olympic Gold medal gymnast, in US history, to return to a second Olympics.
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