NBC Sports’ Maria Taylor to host the 2022 Cleveland Sports Awards

Taylor officially joined NBC Sports during the Tokyo Olympics while also serving as a host and contributor to NBC’s Football Night in America and the Super Bowl.

CLEVELAND – Calling all sports fans!

NBC Sports’ Maria Taylor has been announced as the host for the 2022 Greater Cleveland Sports Awards, taking place on Wednesday, March 23 at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Destination Cleveland and Greater Cleveland Sports Commission CEO David Gilbert made the host announcement Friday morning during a conversation with 3News’ Dave Chudowsky.

“We’re really excited,” Gilbert said. “She’s such a huge national up-and-coming talent.”

Taylor will moderate the annual fundraiser that benefits the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. The ceremony celebrates the local sports scene and honors athletic achievements in Northeast Ohio, from high school stars to professional athletes.

You can watch our full interview with Gilbert in the player below as he previews what to expect at this year’s event:

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Taylor officially joined NBC Sports during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics while also serving as a host and contributor for NBC’s Football night in America and the Super Bowl.

“During his eight years at ESPN, Taylor hosted the NBA Countdown, NCAA college football and basketball coverage, and the NCAA Women’s Final Four studio show,” according to a press release from the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “She served as a recurring co-anchor on ESPN Stand up!a reporter on College GameDay and a sideline journalist on the network’s largest weekly college football and basketball games.

Her coverage also included hosting the 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland as well as supporting coverage for Monday Night Football’s 2020 inaugural week. She also served as an analyst for ESPN NCAA women’s basketball selection show, NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Preview Show and coverage of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament and women’s volleyball national championship.

“A graduate student of the University of Georgia, she played basketball and was a three-time All-SEC volleyball player and a member of the US A2 national volleyball team,” the press release reads. “She graduated in 2013 with a Masters of Business Administration and a degree in Broadcast News (2009). On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of university integration, she gave the inaugural speech at her alma mater in May 2021.”

In 2015, Taylor co-founded the Winning Edge Leadership Academy, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and fostering professional mentoring relationships, providing networking opportunities, and enriching scholarships to minority ethnic communities and women pursuing careers in the sports industry , sets in.

Tickets for the event are available HERE. Single tickets are $350 and include cocktail hour, in-show refreshments and after-party access. Group tickets range from $4,000 to $7,000 and guarantee 10 seats, a cocktail hour, in-show refreshments and post-party access.

Editor’s Note: The video in the player above was originally released from last year’s Greater Cleveland Sports Awards on March 4, 2021.

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