Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert provided remarks and presented awards along with golf legend, designer and philanthropist, Jack Nicklaus, at the Third Annual Governor’s State of Sport Awards event held Tuesday, April 22 at EnergySolutions Arena. Over 950 guests attended the event recognizing athletes, coaches, key sports figures and partners who have been instrumental in helping to build Utah’s sports industry.
This year’s event included fifty-five nominees in ten categories. Over 125,000 votes were cast from sports fans across all 50 states and from 80 countries around the world. Two lifetime Achievement in Sport Awards were also presented to golf greats Johnny Miller and Billy Casper for their contribution to golf and sport in Utah. The event paid special tribute to Utah’s Olympians and Paralympians. Twenty-three of the seventy-one Olympians and Paralympians that live or train in Utah were honored for their recent success at the Sochi Winter games.
2014 State of Sport Awards Winners
High School Male Athlete - Britain Covey - Football, Timpview High School
High School Female Athlete - Tatiana Su'e Su'e - Softball, San Juan High School
College Male Athlete - Kyle Van Noy - Football, Brigham Young University
College Female Athlete - Georgia Dabritz - Gymnastics, University of Utah
Professional Male Athlete - Kyle Beckerman - Soccer, Real Salt Lake
Professional Female Athlete - Sarah Hendrickson - Ski Jumping, U.S. Ski Team
Coach of the Year - Kristen Bailey - Volleyball, Timpview High School
Team of the Year - Real Salt Lake - MLS
Game or Event of the Year - The University of Utah Football Team Defeats #5 Stanford
Highlight of the Year - Nick Rimando Save
2014 Governor's State of Sport Special Guests
Governor Gary R. Herbert
Special Guest - Jack Nicklaus
Lifetime Achievement Award - Johnny Miller
Lifetime Achievement Award - Billy Casper
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Golf Great and 18-time major winner (six Masters, five PGA Championships, four U.S. Opens, three British Opens), Jack Nicklaus, will provide remarks at the 2014 Governor's State of Sport Awards dinner.
NBC lead golf analyst and 24-time PGA Tour winner, Johnny Miller, will recieve a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Governor's State of Sport Awards.
Recognizing Utah's Olympic competitors following their Olympic pursuits in Sochi.
Casper had 51 PGA Tour wins in his career, with his first coming in 1956 at the LaBatt Open in Canada, placing him seventh on the all-time win list.