Cartersville's Lawrence named High School Athlete of the Year

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Former Cartersville High quarterback Trevor Lawrence's list of accolades is a long one, and he added to that list Thursday night with one of the most prestigious awards in the state.

Lawrence was named the High School Athlete of the Year by the Atlanta Sports Council during the 13th Annual Atlanta Sports Awards Gala in midtown Atlanta.

The gala, honoring the state's best coaches, athletes and teams, included an address from former Atlanta Braves general manager and baseball Hall of Famer John Schuerholz as he was honored with a lifetime achievement award.

Other winners included Atlanta United as team of the year, Ben Garland with the Community Spirit Award, the College Football National Championship in Mercedes-Benz Stadium as the moment of the year, Atlanta United's Miguel Almiron as the professional athlete of the year, former Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith as the collegiate athlete of the year and Atlanta United's Gerardo Martino as the coach of the year.

Created in 2006 by the Atlanta Sports Council, the Atlanta Sports Awards has become a way to rally the Atlanta sports community to recognize athletic excellence on a yearly basis. The Atlanta Sports Awards honors those who distinguish themselves from among the people living in Atlanta and Georgia. That includes all professional sports teams, universities, junior colleges and more than 250 public and private high schools in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Sports Council, a division of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, facilitates the growth and development of sports in metro Atlanta by serving as a recruiter for major regional, national and international sports events. 

In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of Atlanta’s premier athletes, the Atlanta Sports Council held a silent auction during the event where a portion of the proceeds benefitted the charities of Community Spirit Award winner Ben Garland.