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The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s All Arkansas Preps awards banquet, sponsored by St. Vincent, will feature keynote speaker Peyton Manning. Manning, one of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks, will attend the event that honors high school athletes and their accomplishments on Saturday, June 1 at the Wally Allen Ballroom in the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

What is All Arkansas Preps?

All Arkansas Preps celebrates high school athletes from across the state and their accomplishments in eight sports. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial committee chooses teams in each sport to feature in the newspaper at the end of each season. In golf, tennis and track, the teams are determined in a statewide competition. The editorial committee of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette will chose the best players in the state which will include a first, second and sophomore team in the following sports: football, basketball, baseball, softball and soccer (male and female categories). All of these students will be invited to attend the event. Out of each sport, a male and female athlete will be selected to receive the honor of Outstanding Player of the Year. These students will receive an award at the event on stage and will have their photograph taken with Manning. In addition, an Overall Male Athlete, Overall Female Athlete and Coach of the Year will be chosen and honored at the event. More than 350 athletes will be chosen from eight different sports.

The All Arkansas Preps event, which is also sponsored by Metropolitan Bank, Academy Sports and Arkansas Select Buick GMC Dealers, will be a first-class experience for he 1,200 who attend. At this time, seats are being held for athletes and sponsors. Parents of the student athletes will be given instructions on how to purchase tickets to the event. At this time, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is inviting businesses that want to be a part of the event to call 501-378-3553 for more information.

Tickets for the general public may be released on Wednesday, May 1. If you are interested in purchasing tickets to this event, please email us your email address (allarkansaspreps@arkansasonline.com) and you will be notified when they are available for purchase. At this time we want to make sure we are able to reserve seats for students, parents, schools, sponsors and supporting businesses.