Over the past two weeks, a few concerned parents have reached out to both David Brox and myself about the All KCK Award Ceremony coming up on December 10 at The Legends Theater.
Three concerns have been brought to our attention.
1. There's a thought that the award ceremony violates state rules.
2. There's been some concern about the use of the football jerseys.
3. The date of the ceremony is an ACT day.
First off, I apologize about the date coming on an ACT day. The Legends Theater is a popular place, meaning reservations are not as simple as walking in and asking for a specific date.
Plus, some students may be on vacation during the holidays, so we wanted to get it as far away from the holiday break that we could.
It's the best day we could find, but the ACT is very important, so no problem there if you cannot make it.
However, it's the first two concerns that I want to dismiss or touch base on right now.
1. First off, I'm 99.9 percent sure this ceremony is not in violation of KSHSAA rules.
To be 100 percent sure, both David and I have emails out to KSHSAA. I assume they'll be responded to after the Thanksgiving break.
However, while the KCK Preps ceremony is new for Wyandotte County, awards ceremonies themselves are not uncommon.
First, The Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital-Journal honored Washington's Tra'Vaughn White last year. White was allowed to wear his jersey and both him and head coach Eric King traveled out of town to the ceremony that was held. White did a video interview with The Wichita Eagle from the ceremony itself.
Also, Metro Sports presents awards. They usually air the show on their station at some point in the spring.
Then, there are the formal awards, such as the DiRenna. The DiRenna Award ceremony is sponsored by the basketball coaches and was held in a nice hotel last year.
While what we're doing is nice for the players, it's far from the extravagance of what that ceremony is about.
Those type of media and award ceremonies have went on for years.
This one is no different.
Again, I'm waiting for a response from KSHSAA just to be 100 percent safe. However, I think there's clear precedence for what type of event we're hoping to start annually. There are no CASH awards available and no "gifts" outside of a trophy will be given to the players.
2. The use of the football jerseys.
Again, there's some concern about how the football jerseys are being used and why we're encouraging them.
I won't touch on this long, but again, there's precedence.
Tra'Vaughn White and Reese Holliday the past two years wore their jerseys in a photo ran by The Topeka Capital-Journal. I encourage you to look them up.
Outside of the ACT falling on the awards ceremony, there's really no excuse to not enjoy this event and supporting your athletes who will be honored.
I hope these explanations address those concerns.
David has put a lot of hard work into this and if we pull it off, this ceremony can begin a tradition that honors our local athletes.
Do not believe in the rumors about this event being in violation of the state rules - it's not.
Again, thanks for reading and Happy Thanksgiving!