For decades the Star-Telegram has honored the area's top high school athletes with its all-star team selections.
But for the first time, the Star-Telegram is partnering with former TCU running back and Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson and his Touching Lives Foundation, which has been providing scholarships for the seven years, for the inaugural Star-Telegram’s Tomlinson Honors.
The event will celebrate high school athletes who have excelled on the field, have displayed superior character and were outstanding in the classroom. It is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 11 at the Hurst Conference Center.
"All of us here at the Star-Telegram are thrilled to partner with LaDainian Tomlinson and his Touching Lives Foundation,” Star-Telegram publisher Sean Burke said. “It's critically important to us to align with partners who share the same values and commitment to community as we do, and LaDainian is the epitome of this commitment."
The Star-Telegram all-star teams spanning 12 sports will be honored and awards will be handed out to the year's most outstanding players and coaches.
Tomlinson will award All-American Honors scholarships in excess of $40,000 (the Star-Telegram is donating to the fund). All-American Honors awards and scholarships will go to student-athletes who demonstrated superior character, education and performance, as well as the best coaches and educators.
All-American Honors aims to become a national platform. In its first year in 2017, $36,000 was awarded to eight students. The scholarship money is on track to increase by 40 percent this year.
Players of the year and scholarship recipients will also have the chance for a meet-and-greet with Tomlinson after the awards dinner.
"The Star-Telegram and Tomlinson’s Touching Lives Foundation very much look forward to celebrating the successes of these student athletes and doing so with an inspiring event,” Burke said.
For more information about bringing the LaDainian Tomlinson Academy program to your school, visit lt-academy/districts.