Awards and Honors

2015 Today’s Top 10: Mark Thomas

Thomas was overlooked after high school, but became one of Division II’s top players. His hopes of a professional basketball career overseas were derailed by a rare heart condition.

2015 Today’s Top 10: Nicole Michmerhuizen

Michmerhuizen graduated from Calvin College and now puts the lessons she learned as a student-athlete to use as she pursues her Ph.D. in pharmacology, hoping to one day find better treatments for people with diabetes.

2015 Today’s Top 10: Kim Jacob

University of Alabama gymnast Kim Jacob’s senior season started with a fractured tibia. It ended with the 2014 NCAA title.

2015 Today’s Top 10: Gabe Ikard

Ikard created and took part in an independent study trip to Ireland while he was at Oklahoma. He still made time to play on one of the nation’s top football teams and graduate with a 4.0 GPA.

2015 Today’s Top 10: Kristen Hixson

Hixson began pole vaulting because her brother did. But she beat his record and kept going.

2015 Today’s Top 10: Joe Fletcher

Loyola lacrosse standout Joe Fletcher explains how he made the most of his time as a student-athlete, garnering a tryout with the U.S. men’s national lacrosse team and graduating with a near-perfect GPA.

Mannie Jackson: 2015 Theodore Roosevelt Award Honoree

Born in a boxcar, Jackson’s talent on and off the court led him to the highest levels of the game, the board room, and now the NCAA. Jackson attributes much of his success to his experiences at the University of Illinois, Champaign, and is now giving back to his alma mater in a unique way.

Harrison to receive Ford Award

Longtime Committee on Academic Performance chair Walter Harrison will receive the 2015 Gerald R. Ford Award.

Silver Anniversary Award winner: Tamyra Rogers

Former University of Oklahoma women’s basketball player Tamyra Rogers tries to save lives. First, though, she helped save a team.

Silver Anniversary Award winner: Mike Mussina

The star pitcher could have turned pro immediately after high school but chose a partial scholarship to Stanford instead. Decades later, he says he would make the same decision again.


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