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Olympic Gold Medalist and WNBA Superstar Sue Bird to Headline Lehigh Valley Health Network and Coordinated Health’s Athlete of the Year Virtual Event

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and Coordinated Health, part of Lehigh Valley Health Network, will hold its eighth annual Athlete of the Year awards as a virtual event, broadcast live on PBS39 May 18 at 7 p.m. NBC sportscaster Amy Fadool will host, and four-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA superstar Sue Bird will speak during the event, providing inspiration to student-athletes.

The Athlete of the Year event is the culminating celebration of the Athlete of the Week program, sponsored by LVHN and Coordinated Health. The 25-week program, featured in The Morning Call, gives the public an opportunity to vote for three male and female student-athletes weekly. Each weekly winner receives a $500 scholarship.

In addition to the weekly scholarships, LVHN and Coordinated Health will award one female and one male Athlete of the Week winner with a $10,000 scholarship. This year’s winners will be announced live during the broadcast May 18. All weekly winners are eligible for the top prize, which is determined based on academics, community leadership and athletic accomplishments.

In addition to the Athlete of the Year winners, other non-monetary awards announced during the broadcast will include Comeback Athlete of the Year, Coaches of the Year presented by The Morning Call and Community Support Award.

“Athlete of the Year is an important part of Coordinated Health’s legacy, and we are delighted to continue to honor many of the top student-athletes in our region along with our partners at Lehigh Valley Health Network,” says Amy Nyberg, President, Coordinated Health.

The program is supported by PBS39 as the Premier Production Partner and The Morning Call as the Premier Media Partner.

LVHN and Coordinated Health’s Athlete of the Year is the region’s largest scholarship program for student-athletes with over $250,000 in scholarships being awarded since it began in 2013.

About LVHN

LVHN includes eight hospital campuses, three in Allentown, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; Coordinated Health, which includes two hospital campuses, nearly two dozen multispecialty locations including ambulatory surgery centers and orthopedic injury centers in northeastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey; 26 health centers; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices; 20 ExpressCARE locations including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE; pharmacy, imaging, home health, rehabilitation and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care for adults and children, burn care at the Regional Burn Center; kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and robotic surgery in 10 specialties. Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence physicians provide the most advanced treatments. Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, an initiative that helps community providers improve the quality of cancer care and offers access to MSK clinical trials. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the community’s only children’s hospital, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest is ranked as the region’s No.1 hospital for seven straight years and has been recognized among Pennsylvania’s top six hospitals for seven consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, LVH–17th Street and LVH–Muhlenberg are the region’s only Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org or following us on Facebook , Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.