K-Love Awards Sports Finalists Includes Titan Player

Several prominent sports figures from across the country will head to Nashville later this month for the 2015 K-LOVE Fan Awards. Representing the NFL, MLB, NBA, NCAA and the PGA, nominees in the Sports Impact Category are recognized for influencing popular culture for Jesus Christ.

Tom Crean, Head Coach for the Indiana Hoosiers, is among the nominees. In 2012, ESPN.com recognized Crean as National Coach of the Year, and in 2013, he led the Hoosiers to win the Big Ten Championship Title.

Also nominated, is Tennessee Titans Punter Brett Kern, known for having one of the top yards-per-punt averages in the NFL.

Kevin Streelman is the only professional golfer nominated in the Sports Impact category. Streelman has two PGA tour wins under his belt, winning the Tampa Bay Championship in 2013 and the Travelers Championship in 2014.

Seven-foot Boston Celtics Center Tyler Zeller is also nominated. Prior to playing for the Celtics, Zeller played for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In college, Zeller played for the North Carolina Tar Heels and was part of their 2009 NCAA Tournament Championship-winning team.

Another nominee is Former Major League Baseball right fielder Darryl Strawberry. Also an ordained minister, the eight-time All-Star helped lead his team to four World Series championships.

New Orleans Saints Tight End Benjamin Watson is the final nominee. Watson was a round 1 pick on the 2004 NFL draft and played for the New England Patriot’s Superbowl-winning team.

Former NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck will present the Sports Impact award at the K-LOVE Fan Awards May 31 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Tim is married to TV personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who will co-host the awards show alongside actor Kirk Cameron.

Also presenting that night will be former NFL player and two-time consensus All-American Brian Bosworth. Bosworth, along with Darryl Strawberry, will present the Male Artist of the Year award.

Winners from several other categories will be announced during the awards show, which will also feature numerous live performances. For additional information, visit klovefanawards.com.

Prior to Sunday’s award show, a Sports Breakfast will be held at the Gaylord Opryland on Saturday, May 30. The breakfast will honor the Zeller family; NBA athletes Tyler, Cody and Luke will be present, along with their parents Steve and Lorri. The exclusive event will host just over 100 people and will benefit Sports Spectrum Magazine, a nonprofit Christian sports magazine.

Watch for live reports from our reporter Donna Vissman on the Red Carpet Sunday night on our Facebook page.

The K-LOVE Fan Awards mission is to create a fan experience that celebrates and promotes artists, athletes, authors and entertainers who, with excellence, engage and impact popular culture for Jesus Christ. This year’s show will be hosted by FOX & Friends’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck and actor Kirk Cameron. Previous hosts for the event include Phil & Kay Robertson and Jase & Missy Robertson from A&E TV’s popular show “Duck Dynasty,” Candace Cameron Bure and Matthew West. For more information on this year’s exciting lineup and award show hosts, visit www.KLOVEFanAwards.com. The K-LOVE Fan Awards is a John Sanders LLC/World Hope Event.

K-LOVE plays positive, encouraging contemporary Christian music with a message designed to draw people toward an authentic relationship with God while living out real life in the real world. The radio network has 446 signals in 47 states with an estimated weekly audience of over 14 million. Now with their Fan Awards, their mission is to create a unique and fun fan experience that celebrates and promotes artists, athletes, authors and entertainers, who, with excellence, engage and impact popular culture for Jesus Christ.
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