LAS VEGAS – The award-winning Las Vegas Sun hosted its third annual Sun Standout Awards the evening of Wednesday, May 23. Finalists celebrated in style with friends and family at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa’s Showroom. The black-tie award ceremony honored Southern Nevada’s outstanding high school sports teams, athletes, coaches, moments and games of the 2017-18 school year. The gala was sponsored by the soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders, Vegas Golden Knights, Las Vegas Lights, Las Vegas 51’s, Las Vegas Aces, and Findlay Toyota, and hosted by Greenspun Media Group’s Group Publisher Gordon Prouty and the Las Vegas Sun’s Managing Editor Ray Brewer.
The city’s recent influx of professional sports gave the ceremony a noticeable air of excitement, as many teams had representatives in attendance, including Golden Knights scaly Gila monster mascot, Chance. Not able to attend in person, the ceremony kicked off with a video introduction from Raiders Coach Jon Gruden. Vegas Golden Knights Senior Director of Global Partnerships Keith Baulsir presented Sun Standout Award winner Nick Campbell, who returned to his track and basketball teams at Coronado High School after being shot in the shoulder on Oct. 1, with a customized jersey. Moment of the Year was awarded to Nick Doland, a special needs basketball player who scored his first point after three seasons with the Chaparral Cowboys.