The Coastal Empire Awards

The Coastal Empire Awards

As a high school athlete, it’s difficult to get recognition, due to the sheer number of athletes competing. The GHSA alone has 466 public and private schools as each having an average of 10 sports.

“As a sports fan and former sports writer and editor, there is nothing I enjoy more than high school competition,” said Savannah Morning News Executive Editor Rana L. Cash.  The Coastal Empire High School Sports Awards recognizes high school athletes in the greater Savannah, Georgia area. Every year USA TODAY hosts several state and national high school events presenting  awards to outstanding athletes in their sport. These awards give the high school athletes added incentives to perform their best.

The Coastal Empire Awards attract high profile speakers. New England Patriot’s head coach Bill Belichick and Golden State Warrior’s Stephen Curry attended the 2020 event.

“Due to the various county, state, and regional variations in protection against the spread of the virus, as well as our own commitment to safety, we couldn’t confidently plan for live events across the country in 2021,” said Crystal Costa, Gannett’s event director for the high school sports award series. “We do hope and plan to be returning to our ESPY-style high school award shows in person in 2022.”

Thirteen sports across 26 schools with hundreds of athletes all fighting for only 33 awards. Top awards include Male and Female Athletes of the Year, Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, as well as a few more creative awards like the Courage Award.




Written by: Lexi Fitzpatrick