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ST. LOUIS HOSTS MUSIAL AWARDS SATURDAY NIGHT

BART CONNER, NADIA COMANECI, LAILA ANDERSON AND CHRIS KERBER AMONG HONOREES

FULL HOUSE EXPECTED AT STIFEL THEATRE FOR NATIONALLY-TELEVISED EVENT CELEBRATING SPORTSMANSHIP IN AMERICA

ST. LOUIS – Nov. 19, 2019 – The ultimate class acts in sports will be honored in St. Louis on Saturday night (Nov. 23) as the Musial Awards – presented by Maryville University – takes place at Stifel Theatre. The national event celebrates the year’s greatest moments of sportsmanship and those in sports who embody class and character. Showtime is 6:15 p.m. A limited number of tickets are available through Ticketmaster and at MusialAwards.com. The show will also be seen nationally as a one-hour special on CBS on Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. EST/1 p.m. CST.

This year’s honorees include Olympic Gymnastics legends Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci, St. Louis Blues superfan Laila Anderson, and Blues broadcaster Chris Kerber.

Conner and Comaneci, the “first couple” of gymnastics, won a combined seven Olympic gold medals. As husband and wife, they continue to lead their lives inspiring others and contributing to the greater good. In recognition of their positive impact on sports and society, they will receive the Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award, the pinnacle honor at the Musial Awards and the highest award for sportsmanship. For more details, click here.

Anderson is fighting a rare, life-threatening autoimmune disease. She inspired the Blues to the Stanley Cup while uplifting a city and people around the nation. Anderson will receive the Musial Award for Extraordinary Character. The award recognizes an individual who demonstrates remarkable poise, perseverance and overall sportsmanship. For more details, click here.

Kerber will be honored for selflessly giving up his spot in the broadcast booth in the second period of each game of the Blues-Bruins Stanley Cup series so that John Kelly would have a chance to call a Stanley Cup final. For more details, click here.

The full lineup of award winners and their stories can be viewed by visiting MusialAwards.com/Honorees.

MUSIAL AWARDS TICKETS:
A limited number of tickets remain through Ticketmaster. Seats in the mezzanine level range from $10 to $20 and single seats are available in the orchestra level for $35. More information can be found at MusialAwards.com/tickets. Showtime for the 2019 Musial Awards is 6:15 p.m. CST.

THE MUSIAL AWARDS ON CBS:
The 2019 Musial Awards will be seen throughout the country on CBS. The network will air the Musial Awards as a one-hour special on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. EST/1 p.m. CST. Additionally, the telecast will run twice on cable’s CBS Sports Network. The Musial Awards broadcast is being produced by Al Roker Entertainment, the production arm of iconic NBC TODAY Show anchor and weatherman Al Roker.

MORE ON THE MUSIALS:
The Musial Awards – presented by Maryville University – takes place annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving at the historic 3,000-seat Stifel Theatre in Downtown St. Louis. The show is produced annually by the St. Louis Sports Commission and the National Sportsmanship Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. In addition to keeping alive the legacy of Stan The Man, the mission of the Musial Awards is to encourage kindness, selflessness, integrity and civility in sports and society – and to inspire people across the nation to be good sports.

This marks the 14th year the Musial Awards has taken place in St. Louis. Over time, the event has honored the most remarkable acts of sportsmanship and some of the most respected people in sports. Honorees have included the late golf legend Arnold Palmer; Baseball Hall of Famers Joe Torre, Cal Ripken Jr., and Jim Thome; Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee; women’s basketball star Tamika Catchings; NASCAR driver Carl Edwards; Little League World Series sensation Mo’ne Davis; sportscaster Ernie Johnson; and Loyola University Basketball Chaplain Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt.

National sponsors of the 2019 Musial Awards include Maryville University, Edward Jones, Enterprise, World Wide Technology, and Centene. Since 2011, Maryville University has served as the event’s presenting sponsor. The school’s involvement, leadership and generosity have helped make the show one of the great nights in sports.

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:
Media interested in covering the Musial Awards should contact Brent Shulman in advance at 314-369-8559 or bshulman@stlsports.org.