The Association annually honors those who make lasting contributions to intercollegiate athletes. Current and former student-athletes are recognized for their work on the field and in the classroom, their contributions to society and their ability to inspire those around them.
NCAA Honors Celebration Awards
The NCAA’s Honors Celebration, held annually at the Association's January Convention, covers the Theodore Roosevelt Award; Today’s Top Ten Awards, the Silver Anniversary Awards, the Award of Valor, and the Inspiration Award.
Meet the recent winners of each award:
Elite 89 Academic Recognition Award
The ELITE 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 89 championships.
NCAA Woman of the Year
The NCAA Woman of the Year program honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. To be eligible, nominees must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and must have completed eligibility in her primary sport.