Six-time Super Bowl champion and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and three-time NBA champion and point guard for the Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry join the roster of guests featured in the Waxahachie Daily Light and Midlothian Mirror’s All-Ellis County awards show on Thursday, June 18.
Belichick will present the Coach of the Year awards for the 2019-2020 high school sports season. Curry will announce the top players in girls’ and boys’ basketball.
“We at the Waxahachie Daily Light and Midlothian Mirror are incredibly proud to be adding to our already robust lineup with the talent of Stephen Curry and Bill Belichick,” said Colten Crist, advertising and operations manager for the Daily Light and Mirror. “Both are the absolute best of the best against the toughest competition in the world. To me, it feels like our wonderful community just won a championship by having them a part of our once-in-a-lifetime broadcast.
“Please share our free broadcast with your friends and family located inside and outside of Ellis County so everyone can experience the amazing things our students and coaches do every single day and see why Ellis County is so incredibly blessed!”
Belichick is considered by many as the greatest professional football coach of all time. He has 11 more playoff wins than any other NFL coach and is third behind only George Halas and Don Shula in regular season wins. He’s led the New England Patriots for 20 years and in that time has won six of the team’s nine Super Bowl appearances.
Curry, 32, is known as one of the best shooters in NBA history, and has been credited with revolutionizing the game as teams and athletes have adopted and adapted to his success behind the three-point line. Curry grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and played college basketball for Davidson, where he was a star and broke records starting in his freshman year.
Belichick and Curry round out an award-winning list of athletes who have been leaders in their sport, including Super Bowl Champion and MVP Patrick Mahomes, quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, who was announced last month.
Other professional athletes who will be featured in the awards show include Venus Williams, Michael Phelps, Drew Brees, Wayne Gretzky, Gabby Douglas, Bode Miller, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Gary Woodland, Misty May-Treanor, Jordan Burroughs, Norm Duke, Rose Lavelle, Jessica Mendoza and Keli Smith Puzo. Sports broadcasters Jesse Palmer, Sage Steele, Dr. Jerry Punch and Courtney Cronin will host the awards show.
The show will premiere at 6 p.m. Central on June 18 and is free to watch on the event website waxahachietx.com/preps.
Registration or payment is not required to watch the show thanks to presenting partner Methodist Midlothian.
Not all state sanctioned sports will be included in the Players of the Year awards due to spring sports cancellations required by the COVID pandemic. Instead, there will be a recognition of seniors who missed their final sports seasons as part of a national tribute video that will be included in the broadcast.
The public can also show support of seniors who missed their final games and celebrations by joining in the national movement with support messages on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag DontStopNow. One person nationally using this #DontStopNow will win $1,000 for themselves and $1,000 for the charity of their choice. See details on the event website the night of the show for additional information.
The Daily Light and Mirror will also participate in a national effort to raise funds locally for those impacted most by the COVID pandemic. Donate on waxahachietx.com/preps to the “Team Ellis County COVID Relief.” This national effort will support the United Way, The American Red Cross and Feeding America. The community that raises the most funds by June 20 will receiving a matching donation from the USA Today Network, up to $10,000, for those local charities.
Gannett owns and operates the largest high school athlete recognition program in the U.S. Viewers can find various locations, including the All-Ellis County show, at: sportsawards.usatoday.com, as well as on the event website at waxahachietx.com/preps.