ST. LOUIS – December 21, 2023 – ‘Twas the night of the Musials and all through the nest, TVs will be tuned in to CBS. The Musial Awards presented by Maryville University – the annual celebration of sportsmanship, selflessness, and kindness in sports – will air across the nation Sunday, December 24 at 5 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. CT (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network. The one-hour show will stream simultaneously on Paramount+.
The Musial Awards features names you know, and some you don’t, with stories that restore hope in humanity and reflect civility and class in all walks of life and levels of sports. This year’s stories come from all over the map and sports landscape, with honorees from Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and as far away as Italy…and in sports including basketball, baseball, softball, football, fencing, horse racing, and a college pep band.
The 2023 Musial Awards is headlined by Bill Bradley, who is receiving the Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest award for sportsmanship. MLB record-setting pitcher Adam Wainwright receives the Musial Award for Extraordinary Character.
Other award winners include Godolphin Racing and Breeders’ Cup champion racehorse Cody’s Wish; Minnesota high school basketball player Noah Bjerke-Wieser; the University of Dayton Flyer Pep Band; Italian fencer Emilia Rossatti; Southern University Athletics; and a pair of college softball players from Southeastern University – Chapel Cunningham and Leah Gonzalez. Background on all the honorees and why they’re receiving the Musial Award can be found at MusialAwards.com/Honorees.
The Musial Awards have aired on CBS Sports since 2019. The 2022 broadcast was seen by 1.824 million viewers. In addition to the Christmas Eve airing on CBS, the show can be seen on CBS Sports Network Saturday, December 30 at 3 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. CT.
“We are grateful that CBS Sports provides us the opportunity to share the inspiration, hope, and joy of the Musial Awards with the entire country,” said Marc Schreiber, executive producer of the Musial Awards and president of the St. Louis Sports Commission. “The show reflects the spirit of the holiday season. As people gather with family and friends this weekend, we hope viewers throughout the nation will be touched by the heartwarming stories featured in the broadcast and inspired by the humanity of our honorees.”
In partnership with the St. Louis Sports Commission and the National Sportsmanship Foundation, the Musial Awards broadcast is produced by Al Roker Entertainment, the production arm of 14-time Emmy award-winning TV personality Al Roker. The show is hosted by veteran St. Louis TV anchor Mike Bush, who has emceed the Musial Awards for 18 years.
Special thanks to presenting sponsor Maryville University and 2023 national sponsors Edward Jones, Lexus, and World Wide Technology.
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The Musial Awards celebrate the year’s greatest moments of sportsmanship and those in sports who embody class and character. The live show takes place annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving at the historic 3,000-seat Stifel Theatre in Downtown St. Louis. It has occurred in St. Louis since 2005. In addition to keeping Stan The Man’s legacy alive, the mission of the Musial Awards is to encourage kindness, selflessness, integrity and civility in sports and society – and to inspire people across the nation to be good sports. Since 2011, Maryville University has served as the event’s presenting sponsor. The school’s involvement, leadership and generosity have helped make the Musial Awards the most important awards in sports®.
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