High School Sports Awards ‘ICEBREAKERS’ with Keegan Smith

The stellar QB finished his season in style with a third consecutive state title. Find out more about the Clemson commit in the latest episode.

USA TODAY High Sports Awards‘ Randy Buffington sat down with the Knoxville Catholic cross country runner, who finished his freshman season undefeated against in-state competition and capped it off with the Tennessee Cross Country Crown. He was the only freshman to earn an invitation to the prestigious Eastbay National Championships, too.

Learn more about Keegan Smith in the latest episode of “ICEBREAKERS” — check it out!

See all the latest nominees from the different high school sports here.

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Watch: High School Sports Awards ‘ICEBREAKERS’ with Cade Klubnik

The stellar QB finished his season in style with a third consecutive state title. Find out more about the Clemson commit in the latest episode.

USA TODAY High Sports Awards‘ Randy Buffington sat down with the Westlake High School (Texas) standout and Clemson commit in the latest episode of “ICEBREAKERS” — check it out!

See all the latest nominees from the different high school sports here.

High School Sports Awards ‘Rapid Fire’ with Arizona basketball commit Maya Nnaji

Meet the 5-star prospect headed to Arizona in 2022.

Five-star basketball recruit Maya Nnaji sat down with USA TODAY High School Sports Awards‘ Randy Buffington to chat about her basketball journey, from prepping her next stop—the Arizona Wildcats—to her 1-on-1 games back in the day with her brother, current Denver Nuggets power forward Zeke Nnaji.

Check out the latest edition of “Rapid Fire” below:

Want to nominate an athlete for the 2022 High School Sports Awards?
Make sure to follow along on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

How to Watch: Premiere of USA TODAY High School Sports Awards’ series ‘Why We Play’

See the real reasons why we cry, why we laugh, why we sweat and why we dream.

Why We Play is a show about life through the lens of high school sports. Hosted by USA TODAY High School Sports Awards‘ Randy Buffington, the stories of courage capture the beauty of high school sports on and off the field. See the real reasons why we cry, why we laugh, why we sweat and why we dream.

Set to premiere on the USA TODAY News Channel this Tuesday, March 1 at 5 p.m. ET and on the USA TODAY SportsWire Channel this Tuesday, March 1 at 9:30 p.m. ET. 

USA TODAY SportsWire Channel:

·    Amazon News – The Amazon News app is automatically downloaded to your Fire TV device, and you should see it on your home screen in the ‘Your Apps and Channels’ row. From there, you will see a list of channels, including our news and sports channels.

·     TubiTV 

·     XUMO – Channel 733

·     PLEX

·     STIRR

·     Stremium

USA TODAY News Channel:

·     Samsung TV Plus

·     Redbox TV

·     VIZIO WatchFree + – Channel 180

·     TiVo+

·     The Roku Channel

·     Amazon News

·     TubiTV 

·     XUMO – Channel 147

·     PLEX

·     STIRR

·     Stremium

Want to nominate an athlete for the 2022 High School Sports Awards? Make sure to follow along on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

High School Sports Awards ‘Rapid Fire’ with Oregon basketball recruit Chance Gray

Get to know more about the Oregon Ducks basketball recruit.

Five-star point guard Chance Gray sat down with USA TODAY High School Sports Awards‘ Randy Buffington in the latest edition of “Rapid Fire.”

The Winton Woods High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) standout has been putting on a display this season, something she credits to her father—which brings up a cool tidbit about Chance, as Randy explains: “… her father Carlton Gray is her head coach alongside Chance’s sister Amber who is one of the assistants. Carlton is also a former NFL defensive back and coaches the football team won a state championship this past year.”

Watch the full conversation below:

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Want to nominate an athlete for the 2022 High School Sports Awards? Make sure to follow along on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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High School Sports Awards ‘Rapid Fire’ with USC Trojans commit Aaliyah Gayles

Meet the 5-star prospect headed to USC in 2022.

Five-star point guard Aaliyah Gayles sat down with USA TODAY High School Sports Awards‘ Randy Buffington to chat about pregame focus, feeding off the crowd during the game, and the overall mission of her senior season at Spring Valley High School (Nev.).

Check out the latest edition of “Rapid Fire” below!

Want to nominate an athlete for the 2022 High School Sports Awards? Make sure to follow along on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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High School Sports Awards ‘Rapid Fire’ with Ohio State commit C.J. Hicks

Meet the No. 1 linebacker in Ohio’s class of 2022

USA TODAY High School Sports Awards‘ Randy Buffington catches up with C.J. Hicks, a standout linebacker out of Archbishop Alter (Ohio) and one of the top prospects in the Recruiting Rankings.

Get to know more about the future Ohio State Buckeye in this edition of “Rapid Fire.”

Want to nominate an athlete for the 2022 High School Sports Awards? Make sure to follow along on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

High School Sports Awards ‘ICEBREAKER’: Josh Conerly Jr.

Meet the talented offensive lineman from Rainier Beach High School

USA TODAY High Sports Awards’ Randy Buffington introduces 2022 top football recruit Josh Conerly Jr.—No. 24 in the USA TODAY high school recruiting rankings—who talks about his prowess on the field and what having his brother along for the journey means.

Check out the Rainier Beach High School (Wash.) prospect in this latest edition of “ICEBREAKERS”:

Want to nominate an athlete for the 2022 High School Sports Awards? Make sure to follow along on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

USA Today High School Sports Awards series premiere

The annual event will honor the high school athletes virtually, with over 20 professional athletes as the show’s official award presenters.

The show must go on—especially when it comes to honoring some of the top high school athletes across America.

While many events have been canceled since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, one of the hardest-hit groups has been high school student-athletes. Entire sports calendars were upended, with seasons postponed and then canceled, leaving seniors without a final hurrah.

But what’s been lost has not, and will not, be forgotten.

Thanks to the tremendous efforts and some incredibly creative maneuvering, USA Today’s High School Sports Awards series will take place. And the ceremonies have shaped up to not only face the circumstances affecting the current sports landscape, but also to provide one of the more compelling experiences for the athletes, their families, friends, schools, and all those involved.

Unlike years past, when each of the 59 events were held in a live setting—an ESPY style celebration—the 2020 series take place virtually. Each unique, approximately hour-long event will broadcast on the corresponding website, with a social media feed set up so people can join in on the fun—plus, there will be a way to donate to COVID-19 relief efforts!

And, unlike years past, where the ceremonies would feature one professional athlete, this year’s events will feature 16, with four sports broadcasters hosting each specific show. The names of the presenters need only listing, to name a few:

  • Patrick Mahomes
  • Bill Belichick
  • Stephen Curry
  • Wayne Gretzky
  • Michael Phelps
  • Venus Williams
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  • Gabby Douglas

Beyond those decorated athletes, Hoda Kotb will make an appearance, while also promoting the award shows on the Today Show.

It might not be your typical sendoff—but, in this case, that might not be a bad thing.

The events premier Thursday, June 18, at 6:00 p.m., in the local time zone, and will be available on-demand afterward. For more details, on the national level and the local events, go to sportsawards.usatoday.com.