Abby Wambach, J.J. Watt among star athletes expected at Gatorade National Athlete of the Year ceremony

Abby Wambach, J.J. Watt among star athletes expected at Gatorade National Athlete of the Year ceremony

Gatorade Player of the Year

Abby Wambach, J.J. Watt among star athletes expected at Gatorade National Athlete of the Year ceremony

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Abby Wambach addresses the crowd at a rally in Los Angeles for the World Cup champion U.S. women's soccer team.  (Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports)

Abby Wambach addresses the crowd at a rally in Los Angeles for the World Cup champion U.S. women’s soccer team.
(Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports)

Fresh off the United States’ victory in the Women’s World Cup, Abby Wambach is expected to be among the star athletes attending the 13th annual Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year awards Tuesday in Los Angeles.

One male athlete and one female athlete will be selected from among the 12 Gatorade National Player of the Year winners in their respective sports.

Wambach was named the Gatorade New York Girls Soccer Player of the Year as a senior at Our Lady of Mercy in Rochester, N.Y. Wambach was among 11 former Gatorade state winners on the U.S. women’s national team roster. The roster also features five former national winners, including two-time Olympic gold medalist Lauren Holiday (née Cheney) and three-time Olympic gold medalist Heather O’Reilly.

The soccer world will be well-represented at the Gatorade event as well with World Cup winner and two-time Olympic gold medalist Julie Foudy and U.S. men’s national team career leading scorer Landon Donovan.

NFL Defensive MVP J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans, Draymond Green of theNBA champion Golden State Warriors, and No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns also are expected to attend.

Towns, selected last month by the Minnesota Timberwolves, won the Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year award last year before his one season at Kentucky and tore the house down with his speech.

 

 

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