Night of Champions 2023

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We Honor. We Recognize. We Celebrate.

ESPN Ithaca will salute the best in Section IV athletics from 15 area schools on Sunday, June 11th at the Hotel Ithaca.

Join us as we honor more than 60 athletes and coaches for their award-winning achievements.

Night of Champions returns in-person for the first time since 2019, and will feature guest speaker Mick McDaniel, Director of Athletics at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

Stay tuned for a full-list of award winners.

Award Winners

ESPN Ithaca will celebrate our local high school sports programs, players and coaches with 60 awards.

One Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and one Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year will each be awarded a $1,000 scholarship, presented by Visions Federal Credit Union.

Coaches of the Year will be awarded $500 scholarships by Guthrie, presented to the senior athlete of their choice.

A pair of athletes will also be honored with our Senior Leadership Awards, and an area Athletic Director will receive our Appreciation Award.

Athlete, Coach and Athletic Director RSVP

If you are an award winner, we ask that you please follow this link to RSVP.

ALL RSVPs MUST BE SUBMITTED TO ESPN ITHACA BY FRIDAY, MAY 26TH AT NOON!

Our Selection Process

Nominations for Outstanding Scholar-Athletes and Outstanding Coaches come from the Athletic Directors of our 15 area high schools. Winners are selected based on a voting process by the Athletic Directors with the final decision made by the ESPN Ithaca Selection Committee.

Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year
Each award winner has been recognized as a top varsity performer in at least two sports, while maintaining a minimum grade average of 85 with no disciplinary issues. The scholar-athlete must be a high school senior, with strong academic and civic contributions.

Outstanding Scholar-Athletes
Each award winner has been recognized as a top varsity performer in their respective sport, while maintaining a minimum grade average of 80, with no disciplinary issues.

Outstanding Coaches and Coach of the Year
Each award winner has been recognized as a top varsity head coach for their sport for the entire season and is in good standing with their school and Section IV Athletics