Nominations open for Most Valuable Coach

Winner will receive $50,000 for the school where he or she coaches

U.S. Cellular’s Most Valuable Coach program returns for its third year to honor current coaches of K-12 school-affiliated sports teams who connect to the good in all of us by inspiring their players through true leadership and community involvement.

At the end of the program, the final three winning coaches will receive a donation of $50,000, $20,000 and $10,000, respectively, to help their school. The first place coach will also be awarded with a Samsung tech prize package, valued at $30,000, for their school.

Beginning Aug. 22 until 11:59 a.m. CT on Sept. 10, people can visit to nominate their favorite current coach of K-12 school-affiliated sports teams, who has made a profound impact on them or their team, school or community.

“At U.S. Cellular, we know that coaches do more than just coach – they connect to the good in all of us, by motivating their athletes in unexpected ways,” said Grant Leech, vice president of brand marketing at U.S. Cellular. “We are a company that strives to be a part of the markets we serve, and we look forward to hearing inspirational coaching stories from our friends, neighbors and local sports fans.”

U.S. Cellular is teaming up with Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to help identify the Most Valuable Coach. Along with online voting from fans, Cobb will be part of a panel of judges who will help choose the three winning coaches based on leadership qualities and the positive impact they have on their community, school and players.

Following the nomination period, U.S. Cellular will evaluate each nominee based on the positive impact they have had on their players, school and city, as well as their leadership qualities.

The Top 50 coaches will be announced on Sept. 18 at noon CT, which marks the beginning of public voting to help select the Final 15 coaches, ending at 11:59 a.m. CT on Oct. 8. U.S. Cellular will award the school of each Final 15 coach with a $5,000 donation and will celebrate with them at a local event at the school. A short video sharing each coach’s story will also be posted on

Public voting to help determine the final three winning coaches begins at noon CT on Oct. 11 and runs until 11:59 a.m. CT on Nov. 13. The winning coaches will be announced on Nov. 20.

For more information, eligibility and to view the official program rules, please visit

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