"Valor is the strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to brave danger with boldness and firmness."
The NCAA Award of Valor may be presented to a coach or administrator currently associated with intercollegiate athletics, or to a current or former varsity letter-winner at an NCAA institution who, when confronted with a situation involving personal danger, averted or minimized potential disaster by courageous action or noteworthy bravery.
For a member of the armed forces confronted with a duty-connected situation to be eligible for the Award of Valor, the action must be clearly above and beyond the call of duty and so recognized by the appropriate military command.
For an on-duty member of a police force or similar security or protective organization to be eligible for the Award of Valor, the action must be clearly above and beyond the call of duty and so recognized by the appropriate authority.
The Award of Valor presentation will be made during the Honors Celebration at the NCAA's annual Convention.
The Award of Valor is not presented automatically on an annual basis. Selection is based on heroic action occurring between January 1, 2013 to May 2, 2014.
- Nominations are submitted through the NCAA Program Hub (Nominations are accepted March 10 through May 2, 2014)
- Past recipients
Award of Valor Contact Information
NCAA Honors Program
2014 Recipient: Cameron Lyle
Cameron Lyle, a former track and field student-athlete at University of New Hampshire, gave up his last month collegiate eligibility to donate bone marrow to a complete stranger. Read the full story.