USA TODAY NETWORK Launches Community Impact Award Presented by Nike for Annual Sports Awards Program

MCLEAN, Va.–()–USA TODAY NETWORK, a part of Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI) and comprising USA TODAY and 109 native media model together with The Arizona Republic and Indianapolis Star launches its second annual Sports Awards program in 23 markets throughout the U.S. The sequence was created to honor the elite athletes in native highschool sports activities and to have fun the participant, staff and training accomplishments made all through the season.

In addition, the USA TODAY NETWORK introduced at the moment a brand new award as a part of Sports Awards program. The I AM SPORT Award, offered by Nike, will acknowledge excessive college athletes who’re dedicated to getting youngsters energetic of their group. Community members throughout the nation are invited to nominate a pupil athlete who volunteers in packages off-the-field that encourage youngsters to be energetic.

An I AM SPORT Award can be offered by Nike at every Sports Awards occasion and will honor one pupil from every of the native communities. The nominees with probably the most votes in every market can be invited to attend their native Sports Awards program, join with different native nominees, and have fun the realm’s first I AM SPORT Award.

“We are thrilled to bring this awards program to our some of our local communities with the support of Nike,” stated Andy Yost, Chief Marketing Officer for USA TODAY NETWORK. “Nike makes a positive impact on communities across the nation and together we can recognize outstanding student athletes who are making a difference.”

“Nike believes that sport has the power to unleash human potential, and that lasting change can start with one—one student, one kid, one community at a time,” stated Caitlin Morris, GM of Nike Global Community Impact. “The I AM SPORT Award celebrates high school athletes across the United States who are doing great work off the field to inspire the next generation of athletes in their communities by providing them with early, positive experiences in sport and physical activity. To us, there’s no one better to inspire these kids the than high school athletes who already experience and demonstrate the benefits of participation, and we congratulate all of the students who are committed to playing their love of sport forward.”

To nominate a pupil athlete, a nominator is required to offer a brief essay outlining how the nominated athlete has demonstrated a sustained volunteer dedication with a company or program that will get youngsters energetic by way of sport or bodily exercise, how the nominee has demonstrated initiative by going past anticipated college obligations, how this has impacted the group, and why the coed deserves to win the award.

Nominations opened February eightth and shut on March 7, 2017. Following, voting will open on March eightth and run by way of March 30th, 2017. For extra data or to appoint for the awards, please go to or contact USA TODAY NETWORK with any questions.


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About NIKE, Inc.

NIKE, Inc., based mostly close to Beaverton, Oregon, is the world’s main designer, marketer and distributor of genuine athletic footwear, attire, tools and equipment for all kinds of sports activities and health actions. Wholly-owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiary manufacturers embody Converse, which designs, markets and distributes athletic life-style footwear, attire and equipment; and Hurley, which designs, markets and distributes surf and youth life-style footwear, attire and equipment. For extra data, NIKE, Inc.’s earnings releases and different monetary data can be found on the Internet at and people can observe @NIKE.

About Nike Community Impact

Nike believes within the energy of sport to maneuver the world and unleash human potential. However, the world is shifting much less and fewer, and at the moment’s technology of youngsters is the least bodily energetic ever. That’s why Nike works to get youngsters (ages 7-12) energetic early and for life, as a result of energetic youngsters are happier, more healthy and extra profitable. Together with its workers, companions, shoppers and athletes, Nike additionally helps vital causes that strengthen communities throughout the globe. Learn more.