ST. LOUIS (AP) — A young boy with cancer whose touchdown run at the Nebraska spring football game touched millions of Internet viewers will be in St. Louis next month to present a sportsmanship award to the Cornhuskers football program.
The Musial Awards will be presented Nov. 9 at Peabody Opera House. The awards, named after St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial, recognize sportsmanship moments and achievements from across the country. The awards, announced Thursday, are produced by the St. Louis Sports Commission and the National Sportsmanship Foundation.
Eight-year-old Jack Hoffman's 69-yard TD sprint during an April intrasquad game has drawn more than 8 million views on YouTube. Jack has brain cancer that his father says now is in remission.
Other award recipients:
—Casey Mack, a high school baseball player in Trumbull, Conn., who purchased bats for three opposing teams after learning of their budget restraints. Only the opposing coaches knew of the generosity until the story went public.
—Ethan McConnell, an Oregon high school basketball player who, in the waning seconds of a game, passed to opponent Davan Overton. Overton made a 3-point shot. Overton has Dandy-Walker Syndrome, which limits his ability to play sports.
—Basketball coach Kirsten Moore and Westmont College of Santa Barbara, Calif. Moore's husband died unexpectedly in 2012, and she gave birth to the couple's first child seven weeks later. Despite her loss, Moore guided Westmont to its first NAIA championship this spring.
—The Fraser Valley Fusion softball team in British Columbia. When an opponent hit a game-winning home run but injured her knee, Fusion players carried her around the bases.
—Two St. Louis-area recipients, Bri Ebenroth and Steve Bonastia. Ebenroth returned a soccer scholarship to Drury University after learning she had a physical condition that limited her ability to compete. Bonastia, softball coach at Seckman High School in Imperial, Mo., corrected an umpire after a two-run homer by an opponent was incorrectly ruled a ground-rule double, even though the runs broke a tie game in the late innings.
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