The winner of the sixth annual Spirit of Cotton Award is Byron Maynes of Salome High School.
Phoenix Suns Charities will honor Maynes - current girls basketball and track coach - when he and 43 of his students attend the Suns-Timberwolves game Monday, April 11 at US Airways Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Over the past 25 years, Maynes has coached football, boys and girls basketball, softball and track at Salome High School. He has led his programs to numerous regional and state playoff games, including one state championship. Maynes' success has garnered him five "Coach of the Year" awards in 1A West Girls Basketball.
The Spirit of Cotton Award, named in memory of former Suns Head Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons who passed away in July 2004, honors a high school coach in Arizona who consistently demonstrates the best qualities of a coach, educator, mentor and community leader.