Dawson County News hosted the first-ever Athlete of the Year Banquet at Cold Creek Farms on Wednesday, May 12.
Over 70 athletes, coaches and family members attended the event to honor the ten Dawson County High School athletes recognized. Senior basketball player Madison Anglin was crowned the female Athlete of the Year and sophomore football and basketball player Jaden Gibson was named the male Athlete of the Year.
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“You guys really outdid yourself on this one,” Dawson County High School volleyball head coach Tanya Porter said. “What a special opportunity for these kids. Definitely a night that they will never forget.”
State Rep. William Wade (R-Dawsonville), a DCHS alumni and former basketball player, was the event’s keynote speaker and reminded all 10 Athlete of the Year finalists that no matter where they go in life, they will always be a Tiger.
“I was honored to be able to speak on behalf of Dawson County athletes as a Tiger alumni from ‘96,” Wade said after the event. “It was an honor for me to be a part of Dawson County News at their inaugural event.”
DCN Editor Alexander Popp said he thought the community’s response to the event would make the night a “premier annual event for years to come.”
“To host an event celebrating the incredible talent of young athletes in our community was a real honor for us," Popp said. "And to see the fellowship, the smiling faces, and in some cases, tears, before, during and after the event, made all our efforts worth it."
State Farm Insurance Agent Roger Slaton was the exclusive title sponsor of the event and Los Rios catered dinner for the banquet patrons. The event was streamed live on DCN’s Facebook account for future viewing.
“It was awesome,” Tigers head golf coach Will Anglin said. “Can’t wait to watch this grow. You will have to sell tickets next year, because it will sell out.”