Besides being high-profile television personalities, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, FOX’s Erin Andrews, and Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts all have something in common. All were involved in last June’s 2016 SoCal Prep Legends Awards that helped recognize Southern California’s best high school athletes.
Another year of game-winning touchdowns and heroic walk-off home runs has passed, which means it’s time to do it again. On June 11 at the Sports Museum of Los Angeles in Downtown winners of 11 categories will be honored, including Male and Female Athlete of the Year.
In the coming weeks the Southern California News Group will announce the nominees for the 11 categories, as the much-anticipated day gets closer. The event will be post-produced and aired on KABC-7 on June 24 at 6:30 p.m.
The event will be hosted by KABC’s sportscaster Rob Fukuzaki, and former Los Angeles Lakers great James Worthy is expected to speak to the honorees.
Iconic Los Angeles sports franchises, such as the Rams, Dodgers, and Galaxy were also a large part of last year’s show. This year’s production is sure to add a punch of superstardom, but viewers will have to wait and see who by tuning in June 24.
The Sports Museum of Los Angeles is impressive. Collector and museum owner Gary Cypres claims to have the largest private collection of Dodgers memorabilia, which dwells in a 32,000-square-foot space. Collecting rare baseball cards is one thing, but Cypres’ sports collection will make any sports enthusiast’s jaw drop. From sections of Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson memorabilia to mini-replicas of Yankees stadium, and displays of the first football helmet.
The museum’s never ending halls are riddled with material that is sure to set the stage for an exclusive and fun experience for these prep all-stars and their families.
Former UCLA basketball standout and NBA-bound guard Lonzo Ball was last year’s Male Athlete of the Year after his stellar season at Chino Hills High School. Highly-touted UCLA football freshman Darnay Holmes of Calabasas High School scored five touchdowns in four different ways to win Most Outstanding Individual Performance.
Past honorees have gone to do great things in their respective sports since last year’s show, and the 2017 SCPL Awards certainly expects to see more names do the same.