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Perfect Game to Chair Gatorade Player of the Year Program
Perfect Game Staff        
Published: Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Perfect Game signs with ESPN’s RISE Magazine

Kyle Skipworth Named National Gatorade Player of the Year

April 1st, 2008

Cedar Rapids, IA. Perfect Game (PG) announced today that it has signed an agreement with ESPN’s RISE Magazine to serve as chair of the 2007-08 Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process. Perfect Game will be responsible for identifying qualified players in each state that sanctions high school baseball to be considered as candidates for Gatorade State Player of the Year honors. The Gatorade Player of the Year award is one of the most prestigious honors in high school athletics. Past recipients represent many of today’s greatest players, including Alex Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield and rising star Clayton Kershaw. PG will be integral in helping to select a baseball player from each state to be honored and will also consult on the Gatorade National Player of the Year selection process.

“An important puzzle piece in our stewardship of the Gatorade Player of the Year Program is accessing the breadth and depth of expertise delivered by Perfect Game USA,” said RISE Magazine’s Chad Konecky, National Director of the Gatorade Player of the Year Program. “As we evaluate the best baseball candidates from across the nation, the input and contributions of Perfect Game will be an indispensable part of our comparative analysis. We’re thrilled to bring another gem of the high school sports talent-evaluation landscape into the fold.”

“We are extremely honored to be involved in the Gatorade Player of the Year program,” said Jerry Ford, president of Perfect Game USA. Our goal is to promote amateur baseball at every level to the best of our ability and this is yet another great fit because Gatorade, ESPN and Rise magazine have become leaders in promoting all of amateur athletics. We look forward to helping Gatorade and ESPN’s Rise Magazine recognize the nation’s most deserving talent in baseball. It’s always great when we get to work with some of the very best organizations in amateur sports”

About Perfect Game USA

Celebrating its 16th Anniversary in 2008, Perfect Game USA is the world’s largest scouting report service, perennially reporting on thousands of high school baseball players to colleges and professional baseball. In 2008, through an extensive network of partners, coaches and scouts, Perfect Game will conduct over 140 events throughout the country including, individual player showcases, highly competitive team tournaments and training camps. Over the past six years 4,129 players who attended Perfect Game events have been selected/drafted by Major League clubs. Over two hundred of those players have already appeared in Major League games and that number is growing very fast. Perfect Game maintains the largest database of amateur prospects in baseball. For more information, please visit…

About Gatorade Player of the Year

In its third decade of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, the Gatorade Player of the Year program has annually recognized outstanding high school student-athletes from across the country. The award is based on athletic excellence, academic achievement and exceptional character. For more information on the Gatorade Player of the Year program please visit…

About ESPN’s RISE Magazine

The Gatorade Player of the Year Program is administered by ESPN's RISE Magazine, the nation’s leading sports and lifestyle magazine for teens. Along with managing the Gatorade selection process, RISE has comprehensively covered the world of high school sports for more than a decade and is now distributed in 6,500 high schools nationwide, with 25 regionalized editions and an ABC-audited circulation of 910,000 per issue. For more information, please visit…

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