Join the Akron Beacon Journal as we celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the 2018-2019 high school student athletes at the inaugural Best of Greater Akron Preps awards banquet. The Best of Greater Akron Preps banquet is the Beacon Journal's way of saying thank you to the thousands of outstanding high school athletes, coaches, and fans who allow us to share their stories and passions.

The event honors the top performers across 26 sports, in 28 different schools from Summit and Medina counties. Awards will be presented to the Outstanding Player of the Year in each sport, as well as Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year, and Coach of the Year. There will also be awards for athletes in each of the 26 sports. Best of Greater Akron Preps athletes are invited to attend for free, and the event is open to family, friends and the general public.

We are proud to welcome one of the best all-time running backs in the NFL, Jerome Bettis, as our featured special guest. The Pro Football Hall of Famer will be live at the 2019 Best of Greater Akron Preps for a question and answer session about his career and lessons he has learned during his years in the NFL.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Event starts at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets may be purchased for $50. General admission ticket includes dinner, awards ceremony, and presentation by guest speaker. General admission seating is first come, first served in proximity to speaker. Seating is limited. Tickets are on sale now. Best of Greater Akron Preps athletes received an invitation with instructions for claiming their free ticket. Tickets can be purchased or claimed here.

Best of Greater Akron Preps is presented by the Akron Beacon Journal and sponsored by Akron Children's Hospital, Huntington Bank, and FirstEnergy. Thank you sponsors for allowing us to bring this event to our community.