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Great to the Finish

Jesse Owens lives on in history as arguably the greatest American track athlete ever, rightly remembered and revered for great and inspirational deeds – primarily for claiming four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Nazi Germany.

Picture of Health

From supporting solid research to helping members make well-informed decisions, the NCAA is devoted to keeping college athletes safe, healthy and ready to compete – on the field of play, in their college classrooms and in their future careers. Together with its Sport Science Institute, the NCAA collaborates with experts to develop resources that ensure college athletes are getting the best care possible – and develops resources to keep schools educated along the way.

2016 NCAA Convention Coverage

Every January, NCAA members travel from campuses and conferences around the country to gather at the NCAA Convention. It is the venue where representatives from NCAA schools and conferences gather to vote on rule changes, large and small, developed by NCAA members and committees throughout the year.

2016 NCAA Inspiration Award: O.J. Brigance

Brigance’s battle is moving, but the people who knew him best when he was Rice’s star defensive player in the late 1980s say ALS didn’t make him an inspiration, it simply found its way into a man who already was one: Today, he is the same person who once wrung every drop of sweat from his teammates on the field and who was their conscience off of it.

2016 Silver Anniversary Award winner: Dikembe Mutombo

Weary of watching his neighbors die from treatable diseases, Dikembe Mutombo yearned to become a doctor, return home and help those closest to him. Growing to 7 feet 2 inches, though, Mutombo thrived in a different arena, but it hasn’t stopped him from helping those in need. He parlayed a basketball career into a life devoted to impacting countless others around the world.

2016 Silver Anniversary Award winner: Steve Smith

Steve Smith relished his time as a student-athlete, and the experience paved the way for a 14-year NBA career and nearly a decade working in broadcasting. Despite those successes, he never forgot his roots and has since donated time and money to the college he remembers fondly.

2016 Silver Anniversary Award winner: Russell Maryland

As a young boy, Russell Maryland’s father told him “anything you put your mind to, you have to do with all your heart.” Years later, no phrase better encapsulates Maryland’s decorated football career and commitment to community stewardship.

2016 Silver Anniversary Award winner: Chris Howard

Chris Howard thrives on balancing multiple roles. He is currently wrapping up his stint as the president of Hampden-Sydney College while preparing to take over as president of Robert Morris University.

2016 Silver Anniversary Award winner: Joé Juneau

In his younger years, Joé Juneau didn’t yearn to start a nonprofit. As a hockey player who studied aeronautics, he didn’t imagine a career outside of his sport or engineering. Somewhere along the way, though, Juneau found himself directing youth organizations in an Inuit community in Canada.

2016 Silver Anniversary Award winner: Abby Cheng

Abby Cheng was a California girl who chased her ambitions all the way to Arkansas. The lessons she learned from taking that leap during her junior and senior years of college have shaped the rest of her career and life, even coloring the advice she now imparts to her daughters.

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