ORGANIZATION WILL RECEIVE THE MUSIAL AWARD FOR EXTRAORDINARY CHARACTER AT EVENT CELEBRATING STAN THE MAN AND YEAR’S GREATEST MOMENTS OF SPORTSMANSHIP
ST. LOUIS – Nov. 5, 2013 – The pinnacle honor presented at the 2013 Musial Awards will be bestowed on the St. Louis Cardinals. On Saturday night (Nov. 9) at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, the team will receive the Musial Award for Extraordinary Character in recognition of the way it upheld Stan Musial’s legacy in the season after he passed away. In playing with heart, class, character and respect for the game – and in reaching their fourth World Series in 10 years – the Cardinals lived up to the standard set by Stan the Man. They adhered to the “Cardinal Way.”
The Musial Award for Extraordinary Character is being established in celebration of the renaming of the National Sportsmanship Awards to the Musial Awards. It will be presented annually at the event to a sports figure or organization that embodies the class, dignity, generosity, excellence, civility and integrity synonymous with Stan the Man. While the Musial Awards recognize specific acts of remarkable sportsmanship, the Award for Extraordinary Character is intended to honor an overall commitment to the virtues Musial represented.
Leading up to the Cardinals organization accepting the special award Saturday night, seven other recipients of the Musial Award will be celebrated for acts of extraordinary sportsmanship. Among them is the University of Nebraska football program, recognized for befriending 7-year-old brain cancer patient Jack Hoffman and allowing him to score a touchdown in the Huskers’ spring game. Jack, who won an ESPY for this year’s best sports moment, will attend the Musial Awards to present a Musial to the university.
The names of the 2013 honorees and their inspiring stories can be found at www.MusialAwards.com.
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, exclusive access to a pre-show reception with food and beverage, and reserved parking. 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. An encore presentation will air on Christmas Day at 10 a.m. Last month, the event’s 2012 broadcast won two Mid-America Emmy Awards for best sports special and best sports news feature.
MUSIAL AWARDS BACKGROUND:
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.