Wisconsin high school athletes will have the opportunity to share the stage with some of the most iconic names in state sports history this spring, as the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame today announced that it will recognize a male and female high school senior with an award and scholarship at the Hall of Fame’s 65th Anniversary Induction Event.

The Hupy & Abraham High School Athlete of the Year Award is open to current Wisconsin high school seniors who participate in sports and embody the traditions of athletic excellence and sportsmanship that the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame have embraced since 1951. The athletes will be honored on-stage at the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Event April 30, 2016, and presented with $1,000 college scholarships. The winning athlete’s high school athletic departments will also receive a monetary donation and tickets to the event, being held at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, to help celebrate the athlete’s achievement.

“Hupy and Abraham is honored to present the inaugural High School Athlete of the Year Award.  With offices, attorneys and associates across the Midwest, Hupy and Abraham knows the value of high school athletics in our communities.  We are very proud to recognize these stand out high school athletes and help provide scholarships so that they may continue their athletic and educational pursuits.  Through the Hupy and Abraham DNT TXT N DRV awareness campaign, we have committed incredible resources to keeping high school students safe on the roads so that they too can fulfill all of their potential in life.”

To apply, eligible athletes, or parents, coaches and administrators, are encouraged to submit an essay (500 words or less) outlining the student’s athletic achievements and describing how they are carrying on the proud tradition of Wisconsin athletics. Essays can be sent to athleteoftheyear@wihalloffame.com between January 13 and March 1.

Also being honored at the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Event are inductees Bo Ryan and Donald Driver. The pair join 135 of the state’s greatest athletic icons, including Vince Lombardi, Hank Aaron, Oscar Robertson, Barry Alvarez, Al McGuire, Bud Selig, Junior Bridgeman, Willie Davis, Herb Kohl, Bart Starr, Ab Nicholas, Bob Harlan, Fred Miller, Alan Kulwicki, Robin Yount, Bonnie Blair and Bob Uecker in one of the country’s most historic halls of fame. Fans can celebrate Donald and Bo’s distinguished careers and contributions to athletics in Wisconsin by purchasing tickets to the event at the Milwaukee Theatre Box Office, the Wisconsin Center Rotunda, select Walmart stores, 1-800-745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/07004F539410276E.

The Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame is maintained through the support of community partners Associated Bank, the Official Bank of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, West Bend Insurance, Hupy & Abraham, Goodwill Industries, the Wisconsin DOT and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The Wisconsin Athletic Walk of Fame, located on 4th Street in Milwaukee’s downtown sports and entertainment district, contains bronze plaques commemorating the 135 members of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. The Walk of Fame is free and open to the public 365 days a year.