The nation’s best high school athletes descended on Los Angeles for the 17th annual Gatorade Athlete of the Year (AOY) awards on Tuesday.
The sports drink leader bestowed its top honor, the coveted AYO award, to the best female and male student-athletes. Excelling in sports, academics, and service to the community, the class of stellar athletes shared their stories of perseverance, drive, and hunger in all aspects of their lives.
“There are almost six million student-athletes who participate in the sports that our 12 nominees play,” said Gatorade Senior Vice President and General Manager Brett O’Brien. “Kelley and Bobby won because of their accomplishments both on and off the field, which is what makes Gatorade Athlete of the Year the most prestigious award in high school sports.”
This year Bobby Witt Jr.(Colleyville (Texas) Heritage HS) and softball POY Kelley Lynch (East Coweta High, Sharpsburg, GA.) were selected as the 2019 Gatorade Male and Female Athletes of the Year. Finalists were recognized for their individual sports in the spring.
To see BSO’s interviews with finalists James Wiseman (Boy’s Basketball), Matthew Boling (Boys Track & Field – Matthew Boling), Azzi Fudd (Girl’s basketball), Jasmine Moore
(Girls Track & Field), plus multi-decorated track star Allyson Felix, flip the pages.