Join the Observer-Dispatch as we celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the 2017-2018 All-Mohawk Valley high school student-athletes at the annual All-Mohawk Valley All-Stars Sports Awards. This awards banquet is the Observer-Dispatch's way of saying thank you to the thousands of outstanding high school athletes, coaches, and fans who allow us to share their stories, performances, and passions. Sponsored by Chanatry's Hometown Market and New York State Tool, the event honors the top performers from Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego, and Madison counties in 27 sports. Awards will be presented to the Outstanding Player of the Year in each sport, as well as Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year, and Coach of the Year. All-Mohawk Valley athletes are invited to attend for free and the event is open to family, friends and the general public.
This year's special guest is former MLB pitcher, Jim Abbott.
Jim Abbott was born in Flint, Michigan without a right hand. He was an All-America hurler at Michigan; won the Sullivan Award in 1987; was the pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988; and threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland on September 4, 1993. Jim played for 10 seasons on 4 different teams and ended his big league playing career in 1999.
Abbott has worked with The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) on several initiatives encouraging businesses to hire people with disabilities. Today, in addition to often being a Guest Pitching Instructor during Spring Training for the Los Angeles Angels, Jim Abbott is a motivational speaker.