Athletes Honored at Greater Cleveland Sports Awards

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If you love Cleveland sports, the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cleveland was the place to be Thursday night as the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission handed out its annual awards.

It was a who’s who of sports stars scattered amongst a sold out crowd.

The first award of the evening went to Mentor quarterback Mitch Trubisky who walked away as High School Athlete of the Year.

“There is tons of important people here,” said Trubisky.  “It’s just an honor to be a part of and Cleveland is a great City and I’m glad to be recognized.”

What a year it was for Jessica Beard.

The Texas A&M Track and Field star capped off 2011 with NCAA titles in Indoor and Outdoor 400 and the 4 x 400 relay.

The Euclid native won Amateur of the Year honors.

The Professional Athlete of the Year nominees truly featured three of the best, Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden, the Tribe’s Justin Masterson and Indians shortstop, Asdrubal Cabrera.

In the end, the all-star shortstop walked away with the hardware.

“I’m real excited, I’m grateful for this moment and I’m really happy to be here,” Asdrubal said about winning the award.

The Akron Men’s soccer team was not able to repeat as NCAA Champs last year, but they still walked away with hardware from 2011.

The entire team was named Collegiate Athlete of the Year.

“We were a little surprised this year but obviously it’s a tremendous honor and it’s always nice to win awards and be recognized for what we are doing,” said associate head coach, Jared Embick.

One of the most compelling awards of the night went to CSU women’s basketball player, Brandee Kelly, who was diagnosed with Lymphoma.

After months and months of treatment, she is cancer free.  She was awarded the Cleveland Clinic Courage Award.

“I couldn’t believe it.  I don’t understand how I received this award out of all the people that was nominated so it’s a blessing and I really appreciate it,” Kelly said.

When it comes to Cleveland, nobody has more passion for the city than Austin Carr.

From countless community events to inspiring and touching so many lives, you can’t spell Cleveland with Austin Carr.

The former Cavalier was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“It means a lot because this is my home and I just appreciate the honor.  I’m trying not to cry because it means a lot,” said a tearful Carr.

The event was hosted by ESPN sideline reporter, Erin Andrews.