Second annual Raiders Choice Awards set for May 2

Blue Carpet celebration begins at 5:30 p.m.

April 15, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee athletic department is proud to announce the Second Annual Raiders' Choice Awards, a year-end Academy Awards style show recognizing the athletic and academic achievements of the Blue Raider student-athletes for the 2012-13 academic year. The blue carpet event will be held Thursday May 2 at the MTSU Tucker Theater and is open to the public with a limited number of free tickets available. The blue carpet celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. with the awards presentation getting underway at 7 p.m.

The public can pick up tickets at the MT Ticket Office beginning April 24.

"It's going to be another super night and a celebration of our student-athletes' accomplishments on and off the courts and fields," said Whit Turnbow, Assistant Athletic Director and head men's golf coach, who is the chairman of the event. "A big thanks to everyone involved for all the behind the scenes work. We look forward to many more of these awards shows in the future."

Seventeen different awards will be presented throughout the evening with three voted upon by fans via GoBlueRaiders.com linked ballots. The live web voting will begin Monday, April 15 and run through Monday, April 22.

Fans will have the chance to voice their opinion for the Play of the Year, Performance of the Year and the Game/Event of the Year.

Other categories of awards include the Making a Difference Award, Male/Female Newcomer of the Year, Unsung Hero Award, Most Improved Player and Male/Female Athlete of the Year.

Also, the President's Award and Director's Cup will be handed out, All-America student-athletes will be honored and the Academic Achievement Awards and Highest Team GPA Award will be recognized.

MT Director of Broadcasting Chip Walters will serve as the emcee with the event being broadcast by the College of Mass Communication Electronic Media Department students. The show will air live on MT 10 and delayed on NewsChannel5+ (channel 250) on May 8 from 8-10 p.m.

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