and the National Guard Launch the
Tour of Champions for a 5th Consecutive Year

Tour of Champions crosses the United States to congratulate elite high school football programs on a superb season

Dec. 9, 2009 -, the online high school sports leader and a division of CBS Interactive, today announced they will officially kick off the 5th year of the MaxPreps Tour of Champions, presented by the National Guard on Dec. 18th when the Bingham High School Miners (South Jordan, UT) are recognized for their excellence in football.

Over the past four years, has been honoring the nation's elite high school football programs alongside the National Guard. Beginning with 10 schools in the inaugural year of the MaxPreps Tour of Champions (2005-06), the 5th year anniversary will start off in Utah and by March 2010 and the National Guard will have visited 50 schools across the United States, awarding high school football programs with the coveted National Guard National Ranking trophy. will document the entire Tour of Champions with video, photos, and articles for every tour stop located at:

"The Tour of Champions is MaxPreps' signature event, giving us the opportunity to honor the players, teams and coaches who make high school sports such an great American institution," said Andy Beal, President of " is proud to have partnered with the National Guard to build the Tour of Champions into the premiere event to acknowledge athletic accomplishment at the high school level."

"For five years the National Guard has partnered with the MaxPreps Tour of Champions to recognize the hard work and commitment that transforms students into teams, and turns teams into champions," said Major Bart Wagner, National Guard Advertising and Marketing Branch Chief. "As a force of Citizen-Soldiers, the National Guard understands the commitment and dedication of individuals to form a winning team. We are pleased to continue celebrating these student athletes who have excelled in their sports."

Since its inception, the MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the National Guard has been able to recognize elite programs and athletes. Past winners of the MaxPreps Tour of Champions National Guard National Ranking trophy include national high school football powerhouses such as St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), De La Salle (Concord, CA) and Southlake Carroll (Southlake, TX).

Former athletes that have been recognized during the MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the National Guard include Southern California RB Joe McKnight (John Curtis Christian High School, River Ridge, LA), Boise State QB Kellen Moore (Prosser High School, Prosser, WA), Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor (Jeannette High School, Jeannette, PA), and Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (Highland Park High School, Dallas, TX).

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