October 5, 2017


ST. LOUIS – Oct. 5, 2017 – The standout story of sportsmanship from the Rio Olympics will be celebrated at the Musial Awards in St. Louis on Nov. 18.  Abbey D’Agostino is set to attend the event and be recognized for the remarkable selflessness she displayed at last year’s Summer Games.

In the 5,000-meter race, the American runner collided with Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand causing both athletes to fall to the track.  D’Agostino got to her feet, but instead of continuing on, she helped Hamblin up and encouraged her to finish the race.  Moments later, Hamblin returned the favor as D’Agostino’s leg buckled from injury.  Both runners crossed the finish line, an especially amazing feat for D’Agostino, who was diagnosed with a torn ACL.  Next month, the Topsfield, Mass., native will receive the Musial Award in St. Louis for her extraordinary sportsmanship.

The Musial Awards – presented by Maryville University – celebrate the greatest moments of sportsmanship and the biggest names in sports who embody class and character.  Produced annually by the St. Louis Sports Commission and the National Sportsmanship Foundation, the event is named for Stan Musial, the late St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer who was the ultimate good sport.  This year’s show takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the 3,000-seat Peabody Opera House in Downtown St. Louis.

At the Musial Awards, D’Agostino will be honored alongside such class acts at NASCAR driver Carl Edwards and Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill – plus several other individuals recognized for remarkable displays of sportsmanship that represent the best in sports and humanity.  The complete lineup of honorees will be announced later this month.


Tickets for the Musial Awards are on sale through Ticketmaster and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, at the Scottrade Center box office and all Ticketmaster ticket centers, or by phone at 800-745-3000.  Tickets are $50 and $35 in the orchestra level, and $25 and $10 in the mezzanine level.  Additional fees may apply.

The Musial Awards also offers all-inclusive tickets and packages that provide prime seating for the awards show plus a pre-show dinner, reserved parking and more.  Information can be obtained at MusialAwards.com or by calling 314-345-5111.


In addition to the live awards show on Nov. 18, the Musial Awards will air as a primetime one-hour television special in December on KSDK-TV Channel 5, St. Louis’ NBC affiliate, with potential syndication in other markets.  Last year’s Musial Awards broadcast recently won the Mid-America Emmy Award for Sports – One Time Special.  It’s the fourth Emmy the show has won in that category and its eighth Emmy overall.


In addition to keeping alive the legacy of Stan The Man, the mission of the Musial Awards is to inspire selflessness, integrity and civility in sports and society.  Its organizers – the St. Louis Sports Commission and the National Sportsmanship Foundation – want to have a transformational impact, empowering people across the nation to be good sports.

Recent Musial Award recipients include golf legend Arnold Palmer, baseball hall of famers Joe Torre and Cal Ripken Jr., women’s basketball star Tamika Catchings, pro tennis player Jack Sock, Little League World Series sensation Mo’ne Davis, and sportscaster Ernie Johnson.

This marks the 12th year the event has taken place in St. Louis.


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