BALTIMORE, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Cody Johnson, an all-star first
baseman/outfielder from Mosley High School in Panama City, Fla., was named
tonight the 2005 Aflac National High School Player of the Year during the
Aflac All-American Awards Dinner at the Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel.
Johnson was presented with the Jackie Robinson Award by the late Hall of Fame
player's widow, Rachel Robinson, and legendary Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal
Ripken, Jr. (Note: a photo of Johnson, Robinson and Ripken will be available
at www.aflacallamerican.com after 10:30 p.m. EDT.)
The Aflac National High School Player of the Year recognizes the nation's
top high school rising senior, who demonstrates outstanding character,
exhibits leadership, and embodies the values of being a student-athlete in
both his schoolwork and community affairs. The accompanying Jackie Robinson
Award is named for the renowned Brooklyn Dodger, the first player to break the
color barrier in Major League Baseball, and a leader in social issues off the
"Cody Johnson has established himself as a player of both strength and
character," said Al Johnson, vice president of advertising, Aflac. "His
excellence both on and off the field makes him the fitting recipient of the
Aflac National High School Player of the Year honor."
Johnson is consistently recognized as one of the top rising baseball stars
in the nation. Playing for his high school team this past season, Cody earned
5A First Team All-State honors while hitting .489 with 10 home runs, 30 RBI's,
36 runs scored and 42 hits. He also was named to the First Team All-District
and All-Region teams.
Johnson was chosen from among six nominees determined by official Aflac
All-American Baseball Classic selection partners Perfect Game and Baseball
America. The other player of the year nominees include:
- Dellin Betances, RHP, Grand Street Campus HS - New York, NY
- Jeremy Jeffress, RHP, Halifax County HS - South Boston, VA
- Aaron Miller, LHP/1B, Channelview HS - Channelview, TX
- Max Sapp, C, Bishop Moore HS - Windermere, FL
- Jordan Walden, RHP, Mansfield HS - Mansfield, TX
The third annual Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic will be
played on Saturday, August 13th at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md. The event
is the nation's elite high school baseball showcase featuring the top 38
rising senior players in an East vs. West match-up. Cal Ripken, Jr. is the
honorary chairman of the 2005 game, which will be televised live nationally on
FSN at 2:05 p.m. Net proceeds from the game will benefit the division of
Pediatric Oncology at Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.
For more information about the Aflac All-American High School Baseball
Classic and to download pictures and bios of the player of the year nominees,
log on to www.aflacallamerican.com.
Sports America, Inc., is a sports marketing and event management firm
based out of Rockville, Md., which created and currently produces the Aflac
Classic. Sports America also produces the McDonald's All-American High School
Basketball Game and Jordan Classic High School All-Star Basketball Game.
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renewable insurance in the United States and the number one insurance company
in terms of individual insurance policies in force in Japan. Aflac's insurance
products provide protection to more than 40 million people worldwide. In
January 2005, Aflac was included in Fortune magazine's list of the 100 Best
Companies to Work For in America for the seventh consecutive year. Aflac has
also been included in both Forbes magazine's Platinum 400 List of America's
Best Big Companies and in Fortune magazine's listing of America's Most Admired
Companies for five consecutive years. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500
company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find
out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com.
Mechell Clark Dan Sabreen
Aflac Incorporated Sports America, Inc.
SOURCE Aflac Incorporated