2020-21 Junior Jazz Season Concludes
By Katelyn Chambers
The 2020-21 Junior Jazz season has officially come to an end. We know there were many challenges this season, and we are very appreciative of the hard work put in by each individual city and recreation center that were able to provide a Junior Jazz league this season. A special thank you to all the volunteer coaches, staff, officials, parents, fans and especially the Junior Jazz participants! Junior Jazz could not run without all the combined efforts of all involved.
As the season wraps up, we celebrate each year with a special recognition program. This season was our First Annual Junior Jazz Lead Together Celebration (replacing our Sportsmanship Party from previous years.)
Over 700 Junior Jazz participants and their families gathered for the Lead Together Celebration on May 13. Junior Jazz players, coaches, teams, officials and staff members earned an opportunity to be recognized for demonstrating the values of respect, leadership, kindness, sportsmanship and positivity. They all received a special collectible Junior Jazz Lead Together Jazz player card, as well as an invitation to the celebration.
The celebration included special messages and words of inspiration from Jordan Clarkson, Joe Ingles, Derrick Favors and Georges Niang. The evening capped off with a special screening of the Sandlot on the big screens at Vivint Arena.
The 2021 Junior Jazz Lead Together award winners are:
adidas Coach of the Year (2): John Boersma, Saratoga Springs and Rafael Gonzalez, Brigham City
5 For The Fight Program of the Year: Clinton City
Savage Companies Official of the Year: Mason Sipple, Nephi
America First Credit Union Respect Award: Drake Collins, Cottonwood Heights
Subway Leadership Award: Julian Contreras, Ogden
AT&T SportsNet Kindness Award: Leilah Couts, West Haven
Toyota Sportsmanship Award (2): Sandy Mavericks and Saratoga Springs Purple Cheetos
University of Utah Health Positivity Award: Peter Hendrickson, Wasatch County
Special thanks to all of those that participated in the Junior Jazz Lead Together Initiative this season and our Junior Jazz sponsors.
The Junior Jazz season would not be complete without the Fun Shot Finals Competition!
The Junior Jazz Fun Shot Final Competition was held on Saturday, May 15 at Vivint Arena. Participants in grades 3-12 competed to earn
the top spot in their age division. Participants competed on the court at Vivint arena
shooting from designated spots on the floor to earn the highest amount of points. The winners of each age group received a plaque and Utah Jazz prize pack! Thanks to all the participants of the Fun Shot competition this year!
The 2021 Fun Shot winners are:
3rd/4th Grade Girls: Tie between Braylee Chesley & Anya Crockett
3rd/4th Grade Boys: Grady Frandsen
5th/6th Grade Girls: Evalyn Roberts
5th/6th Grade Boys: Cohen Satterwhite
7th/8th Grade Girls: Madison Thomas
7th/8th Grade Boys: Kasey Carter
9th-12th Grade Girls: Alyssa Martin
9th-12th Grade Boys: Eli Hugie
Adaptive Girls Division: Melanie Landa
Adaptive Boys Division: Ben Carbone
We are already looking forward to the next Junior Jazz season! We hope to see you join us for Junior Jazz. For any registration questions, reach out to your local recreation center or city department or click HERE to find a league near you. Thanks for your continued support of Junior Jazz!