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    Voting Begins for the 1 Awards

    Online voting is underway to select recipients of the 1 Awards presented by the Springfield Sports Commission and KY3, Inc., sponsored by Elliott Lodging.

    The third annual 1 Awards, set for July 28 at Ramada Oasis Convention Center, will honor area students and teams from the previous year in the KY3 33-county viewing area by recognizing the best athlete and teams in various categories along with a number of specialty awards.

    A unique feature of the 1 Awards is fans, athletes and communities have a say in choosing the “1” through the voting process.

    Four nominees are chosen in each category based on a combination of honors, statistics, team success, individual performance and citizenship.

    Fans may vote for their choice at www.OzarksSportsZone.com and can vote one time per day until July 21.

    Winners will be announced at the awards event July 28, which includes a social hour with food beginning at 6 p.m. and ceremony at 7 p.m. About 450 students and parents attended the event in 2014.

    Individual tickets can be purchased at  www.The1Awards.com and start at just $25 each.

    “This annual event, now in its third year, is a wonderful opportunity to review, recap and celebrate an exciting year of sports in our region,” said Lance Kettering, executive director of the Springfield Sports Commission. “The night showcases and highlights the achievements of these outstanding student athletes and allows the fans to have a say in the outcome of the award winners. We are excited to continue with this tradition.”

    Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting sports@springfieldmo.org or by calling 417-881-5300 x 116 or 800-678-8767. Individual tickets can be purchased at www.The1Awards.com.

    The Springfield Sports Commission is a nonprofit organization dedicated to boosting the local economy by promoting sports travel and tourism to Springfield. To learn more, call 417-881-5300 or 800-678-8767 or visit www.SpringfieldMOSports.org.

    KY3, Inc. has delivered news, weather, sports and entertainment in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas for over 56 years. The KY3 building is home to five stations – KYTV, KSPR, The Ozarks CW, KY3 24/7 and Branson Visitor TV.