Deadline nears for Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence Awards event

Athletes who will be honored at the 2017-18 Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence Awards on June 7 must RSVP this week to reserve their tickets for the annual dinner honoring outstanding athletic achievement.

Reservations can be made at online at through June 1. Admission is by invitation only, and tickets are free for the honorees, who can purchase additional tickets ($20) to the dinner and ceremony.

In addition to honoring championship teams and coaches this school year, five individual awards for boys and girls sports will also be presented: Heart & Soul Award; Spirit of Sportsmanship Award; Overcoming Obstacles Award; Sweet Moments Awards; and Beyond the Bench Award.

The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Radio host and motivational speaker Jarrett Payton, a former high school and college sports star and son of the late Pro Football Hall of Fame member Walter Payton, will address the attendees.

More than 60 high schools nominated 10 athletes (five boys and five girls) to represent them at the Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence Awards this year.

The names of individual athletes being honored are attached to the PDF listed below. For corrections to this list, please contact

  The Daily Herald Preps Sports Excellence Awards at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates in 2017 drew about 1,000 people who attended the banquet to recognize the best athletes and coaches in the area for that school year. Gilbert R. Boucher II/ file
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