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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.

Top college athletes to be honored by NCAA

The NCAA will honor 10 exemplary college athletes – the 2016 Today’s Top 10 Award winners – at the NCAA Convention in January. The award recognizes former student-athletes for their successes on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

College sports served veterans

Former student-athletes in military illustrate the value of intercollegiate sports experience.

9 ways life is changing for college athletes

As college athletes return to campus this fall, the classrooms, dorm rooms and weight rooms may seem similar. But the ground under the feet of many athletes has shifted in subtle but meaningful ways. With major reforms continuing rapidly in college athletics, numerous key rule changes have gone into effect this year. How will they change college athletes’ lives?

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