[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Kevin KelleyKevin Kelley, the innovative high school football coach whose no-punt philosophy has helped Pulaski Academy win state championships, will be the keynote speaker next month at Monticello’s annual awards banquet and dinner hosted by the Monticello Chamber of Commerce and Monticello Economic Development Commission.

Kelley doesn’t punt and almost always onside kicks.

Kelley told Seark Today that he speaks to groups about living a “punt-free” lifestyle of never giving up, incorporating his no-punt football philosophy into his message.

In 2003, Kelley watched an old video tape of a Harvard professor lauding the potential virtues of a punt-free lifestyle. Kelley was intrigued and has since become perhaps the most unorthodox coach in the nation, according to a New York Times story about the risks of not punting on fourth down.

The banquet will be held January 10 at 6 p.m. at the Gibson Center on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus. Tickets are $25 each or $225 for a table seating eight.

Monticello’s man and woman of the year, business of the year, industry of the year, young leader of the year, and teachers of the year will be recognized at the banquet.

The Chamber of Commerce is soliciting nominations for the man of the year and woman of the year awards. Nomination forms are available at the Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce. The nominations must be submitted to the chamber office at 335 East Gaines Street on or before December 20 at 5 p.m.

The Monticello Economic Development Commission (MEDC) is soliciting nominations for the young leader of the year. Nomination forms are available at the Monticello Economic Development Commission Office at 211 West Gaines.

For ticket information call the MEDC at (870) 367-3076.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_video link=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGDaOJAYHfo”][/vc_column][/vc_row]