2014 The stAte Awards banquet set for May 5th

JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) - The Arkansas State Athletics Department will once again roll out the red carpet for its student-athletes Monday, May 5, when it holds "The stAte Awards" for the second consecutive year to honor its senior class and the Red Wolves' competitive and academic accomplishments.

This year's version of "The stAte Awards" will be dedicated to Thomas Ligon and Markel Owens, both former Arkansas State student-athletes who tragically passed away during the 2013-14 academic and athletics year.

The event, open to the public and free of charge, will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a "red carpet walk" by the coaches and student-athletes at the Convocation Center's lower red entrance.  The public wishing to attend the open-door event may enter through the upper red entrance, and seating will be available on the concourse level.

EAB  sports-talk personality Brad Bobo will be broadcasting his radio show, "The Drive" on 95.3 FM The Ticket, live from the arena floor and interviewing A-State players, coaches and administrators as they arrive.  Additionally, A live video stream with audio from the event will be available free of charge in the "State Zone" portion of the Red Wolves' official Web site, AStateRedWolves.com.

Arkansas State Associate Athletics Director for External Relations Mickey Ryan will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event, which will focus heavily on the numerous first-ever accomplishments by A-State student-athletes this year.  Following a buffet dinner for the student-athletes and coaching staff, A-State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir will kick off the celebration with welcoming comments at approximately 6:15 p.m.

"Our goal is to make this an annual premier event for our student-athletes and fans," said Mohair.  "We encourage all Red Wolves' fans to come support these student-athletes because they've worked extremely hard to represent this University and community in a way that should make us all very proud."

The event will include a highlight video and numerous honors will be awarded to the student-athletes, including the Terry Gwin Award and Scott and Kay Dawson Ambassador Award.  The Terry Gwin Award, named after former football player Terry Gwin, is based on leadership, citizenship, scholarship and athletic performance.  The criteria for the Scott and Kay Dawson Award includes but is not limited to excellence in service, attitude, integrity, loyalty, character and leadership.

The evening will conclude when the head coaches and Mohajir recognize the seniors sport-by-sport for their commitment and contributions to Arkansas State University and Red Wolves Athletics throughout their careers.