ST. LOUIS – Oct. 10, 2013 – Jack Hoffman’s magical touchdown run in Nebraska’s spring football game will be among the extraordinary moments of sportsmanship celebrated at the Musial Awards in St. Louis on Nov. 9. The eight-year-old from Atkinson, Neb., who fought brain cancer, will attend the event at the Peabody Opera House to present a Musial Award to the Nebraska football program. It will be his chance to thank those whose kindness and compassion raised his spirits and brought national attention to his inspiring battle.
Named in honor of the late St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer, the Musial Awards celebrate Stan’s legacy by recognizing the greatest moments and stories of sportsmanship from around the country. The event was called the National Sportsmanship Awards until last November when it was renamed for Stan the Man – a fitting tribute to the beloved St. Louis icon who embodied class and character. The Musial Awards take place annually in St. Louis and are produced by the St. Louis Sports Commission and the National Sportsmanship Foundation. Maryville University is the presenting sponsor.
The University of Nebraska is one of seven award recipients being honored at this year’s event. The school’s football program befriended Jack two years ago after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. In April, the coaching and support staff hatched a plan to have Jack suit up and play a down in the Huskers’ annual spring scrimmage. In the fourth quarter, quarterback Taylor Martinez handed the ball to Jack, who scampered 69 yards to the end zone. With 60,000 fans cheering, players from both sidelines poured onto the field to hoist Jack on their shoulders. Three months later, Jack won an ESPY for this year’s best sports moment. On Nov. 9 at the Musials, it will be the Huskers who will be recognized for exhibiting the graciousness and generosity synonymous with Stan the Man.
Other 2013 award recipients include:
More on the 2013 honorees and their stories can be found at www.stlsports.org/awards/winners.php.
MUSIAL AWARDS TICKETS:
Tickets for the Musial Awards are available for $35. They provide a reserved seat to the awards show that begins at 6:45 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Ford Box Office at Scottrade Center, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Additional service and handling fees may apply. Premium tickets and packages also are available. These all-inclusive tickets and packages provide prime seating for the awards show plus exclusive access to pre-show receptions with food and beverage, reserved parking and more. Details can be obtained at www.MusialAwards.com or by calling 314-345-5111.
Those wishing to support the Musial Awards but unable to attend are encouraged to make a tax-deductible donation to the event. As part of a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, donations to the Musial Awards will enable “Bigs” and “Littles” to be in attendance and experience this special evening.
In addition to the live awards show on Nov. 9, the Musial Awards will air as a primetime one-hour television special on KSDK-TV NewsChannel 5 on Friday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. This past weekend, the event’s 2012 broadcast won two Mid-America Emmy Awards for best sports one-time special and best sports news feature / program feature segment.
For more information, contact:
The St. Louis Sports Commission