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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will be part of a high school sports banquet in Northern Colorado in May.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will be part of a high school sports banquet in Northern Colorado in May.

Today we’re eager to announce the launch of the Northern Colorado Sports Awards program.

The program will honor more than 450 student-athletes and will culminate in an end-of-the-year celebration. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will be the keynote speaker.

He’ll share his stories of success — and lessons learned — with students, coaches and the many people who support our high school athletes, including parents and grandparents, and brothers and sisters.

But before Manning comes to Northern Colorado, we’ve created plenty of ways to honor Northern Colorado’s student-athletes.

First, we’ve launched an Athlete of the Week program. Each week, you can nominate an athlete who had a great performance — be it in the long jump, on the basketball court or in the swimming pool. All varsity sports participants can be honored as Athletes of the Week.

We will name a male and female athlete each week. Honorees will be featured in the Coloradoan newspaper and online. They’ll also receive a special surprise from the Coloradoan at their school.

NOMINATE: Athlete of the Week nomination form

Second, at the end of each season, we’ll name Northern Colorado All-Area teams. These teams will be selected from team and individual performances, by nominations from coaches and athletic directors, and Athlete of the Week nominations.

Those who are honored on Northern Colorado All-Area first and second teams will be invited to join Peyton Manning at the Northern Colorado Sports Awards program on May 17. Thanks to support from local businesses, the student-athletes will enjoy an evening of celebration, including Manning, music and dinner — all at no cost.

“Brown’s Shoe Fit is committed to being a partner in the community and thrilled to have the opportunity to support the achievements of these outstanding student athletes,” said Jim Zimmerman, owner and manager of Brown’s Shoe Fit in Fort Collins, an event sponsor.

We’re also excited to offer an opportunity to weigh in on additional honors, such as best band performances and top school spirit.

Why are we making the massive investment? Because we know our student-athletes work hard. So do parents and others on each student-athlete’s support team.

Please join us as we come together through the season and in May to celebrate the achievements of our very fine community.

High School Awards Banquet featuring Peyton Manning

Keynote speaker: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos quarterback

Who: More than 450 high school students from across Northern Colorado

When: May 17, 2015

Tickets: Athletes honored receive free entry. The event is open to the athletes who will be honored, their families and coaches. Tickets are sold out.

Sports lineup

Throughout the school year, The Coloradoan will select Northern Colorado teams in the following sports: football; softball; boys tennis; girls tennis; baseball; boys cross-country; girls cross-country; boys track; girls track; boys basketball; girls basketball; boys swimming; girls swimming; boys golf; girls golf; volleyball; boys soccer; girls soccer; gymnastics; field hockey; wrestling; hockey; lacrosse.

Schools

The Northern Colorado region includes the following high schools: Berthoud; Campion; Dayspring Christian; Eaton; Estes Park; Fort Collins; Fossil Ridge; Frontier Academy; Greeley Central; Greeley West; Heritage Christian; Highland; Liberty Common; Loveland; Mountain View; Northridge; Poudre; Resurrection Christian; Rocky Mountain; Roosevelt; Thompson Valley; Union Colony; University; Windsor.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story said the event would be open to the public. Tickets will be made available to the athletes who will be honored, their families and coaches.

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