The countdown has begun for the biggest event in high school sports: All-Texomaland.


The live broadcast will be streamed at 6 p.m. Thursday.


Last week, we announced that six-time Super Bowl champion and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and three-time NBA champion and two-time Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors would be featured during the show.


Previously, the Herald Democrat announced that Venus Williams, Michael Phelps, Drew Brees, Wayne Gretzky, Gabby Douglas, Bode Miller, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Gary Woodland, Misty May-Treanor, Jordan Burroughs, Norm Duke, Rose Lavelle, Jessica Mendoza and Keli Smith Puzo. Sports broadcasters Jesse Palmer, Sage Steele, Dr. Jerry Punch and Courtney Cronin would make appearances at the event sponsored by Choctaw Casino and Resorts and Texoma Medical Center.


If those names were not enough to make me excited, simply being a part of an event to honor area students during a time when normal has been thrown out the window is.


The Herald Democrat has put on many events in the past, and each year, we attempt to make the celebration bigger than the last.


The plans for the 2020 event were spectacular, but due to the effects of COVID-19 and our role in working to continue to slow the spread of the virus, things had to change.


That means that event organizers had to dig deeper, and I think people will be quite surprised come Thursday.


To be a part of something new and innovative like this is exciting. I am proud of our area athletes and I want them to know the community stands behind them.