Awards and Honors

Buffalo earns Award for Diversity and Inclusion

The University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, has earned the NCAA and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association’s 2018 Award for Diversity and Inclusion. The school will receive the honor in January at the NCAA Convention in Indianapolis.

2018 Theodore Roosevelt Award: Capt. Barry “Butch” Wilmore

A typical day at the office carries a slightly different meaning for NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore.

2018 NCAA Award of Valor: Crystal Griner

A former Hood basketball player, who graduated in 2006, was one of two U.S. Capitol Police officers on site when a gunman opened fire at a Republican congressional baseball team practice.

2018 NCAA Inspiration Award: Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly’s father instilled the “Kelly Tough” mantra early on in his six sons. He believed the motivation to excel must come from within.

NCAA announces 2018 Silver Anniversary Award recipients

Six former college athletes will receive the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, which annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletics careers. The 2018 recipients are Jason Elam, Julie Foudy, Jim Hansen, Nnenna Lynch, David Morrow and Lance Pilch.

NCAA names 2018 Today’s Top 10 recipients

In January, 10 exceptional former student-athletes will be honored as the 2018 Today’s Top 10 Award winners at the NCAA Convention.

2018 Silver Anniversary Award: Lance Pilch

Lance Pilch always wanted to be a pilot, but there was no guarantee he would reach that goal when he enrolled at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Still, he was happy to dedicate himself to a larger cause.

2018 Silver Anniversary Award: David Morrow

Hailing from Troy, Michigan, David Morrow never dreamed of attending an Ivy League school, let alone becoming a college athlete.

2018 Silver Anniversary Award: Jason Elam

Jason Elam may be best known as a longtime star NFL kicker and two-time Super Bowl champion with the Denver Broncos, but he has devoted himself to a higher calling.

2018 Silver Anniversary Award: Nnenna Lynch

Nnenna Lynch, a seven-time All-America distance runner and national champion in the 3,000 meters at Villanova, long had a sense of how she wanted to contribute away from the track.

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