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1st annual City of Champions Youth Sports & Academic Awards

Grand C.I.T.Y Award event

On Friday, July 14, the Grand City Sports Organization hosted its first annual City of Champions Youth Sports & Academic Awards at the Wealthy Theatre.

There were 31 award categories presented at the star-studded event that featured NFL athletes, All-Americans, future leaders and local sports supporters as well as family and friends of the honorees.

Here are the winners of the first annual 2017 City of Champions Youth Sports & Academic Awards who were recognized at the Peter M. Wege Auditorium:

Lifetime Achievement Award – Patricia Pulliam

Soccer Player of the Year – Maia Perez

HS Hockey Player of the Year – Zak Currie

Golf Athlete of the Year – Zach Robbins

HS Baseball Player of the Year – Noah Bloye

HS Wrestler of the Year #1 – Pat Deplazza

HS Wrestler of the Year #2 – Lucus Pienton

MMA Fighter of the Year – Cody Stamann

Youth Fighter of the Year – Sidario Mitchell

Female Youth Fighter of the Year – Josie Gonzales

Youth Wrestler of the Year – Tiny Grant

2017 Hall of Fame Class – Rick Rasberry, Paul Collins, MarandaTV, Peter Stuursma, Brian Kelly, Justin Jennings, Security Stokes, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Ruth Jones, Rev Clifton Rhodes

Best Girls AAU Program – GR Phoenix Girls

HS Defensive Player of the Year – David Fox

HS Girls Basketball Player of the Year – Amari Brown

HS Female Track Athlete of the Year – Jakarri Alven

HS Male Track Athlete of the Year – Khance Meyers

Boxer of the Year – Joseph Hicks

All-American Youth – Noah Obaeski

Best Youth Baseball Team – Plaster Creek/Grand City Allstars

Honorary Legacy Award – Grand City All Stars 2x National Champions

Best AAU Team #1 – Fly High

College Basketball Player of the Year – Jeffrey Drake-Todd

College Football Player of the Year – Donte Carey

Best Youth Football Program – West MI Rampage

Best AAU Team #2 – GR Ballers

HS Basketball Player of the Year – Marcus Bingham Jr.

HS Football Player of the Year – Susu Davenport

Outstanding Achievement Award Class of 2017 – Peter Quillin, David Harris, Don Carey, Cameron Bradfield, Carlton Brewster, Terna Nande, Rueben Riley, Kavon Frazier, Devin Booker, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Academic Youth Scholars Awards Recipients – Cody Garrison, Mekhi Jennings, Laciana Gonzalez, Zsana Hoskins

Pioneer of the Year Award – Jimmy Carter  

Co-Founder of Grand City Sports and Grand Rapids Community College Coordinator of Retention, Chris Sain Jr., was pleased with the first ever awards show.

”It was an awesome turnout,” Sain Jr. said, adding that he was “very excited about the community that came out to support the first year. I believe it’s only going to get bigger and better moving forward.”

A local NFL star also weighed in on the event:

“This was a great event,” said Patriots Linebacker David Harris. “It was a great turn out, I’ve seen some faces that I haven’t seen in a long time and it was great for me to get some recognition and to see the youth get some recognition as well. They are the future leaders of our community and this event got them off to a great start.”

Harris went on to express his feelings about the Grand City organization as a whole.

“I’ve been knowing Chris since I was 11 years old and his organization is doing a fabulous job,” said Harris, who is a Grand Rapids native, that graduated from Ottawa Hills High School. “They do so much great work in the community and they deserve the praise and recognition they get as well. Anything that they do, I support it 100 percent. Doing events like this means a lot to me.”

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