Honors Celebration

Honors Celebration reaches to the stars

NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore logged 178 days in space and completed 21 combat missions as a Navy pilot in Operation Desert Storm.

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.

NCAA’s best are recognized

Mannie Jackson considers one of his seemingly minor accomplishments his most monumental: He was elected team captain on the University of Illinois basketball team during the 1959-60 season, his senior year. Jackson didn’t want to accept the mantle, yearning to focus only on what transpired on the court. But his father implored him to embrace his first opportunity to be a leader.

August 1 deadline for 2015 NCAA Today’s Top Ten Award nominations

The NCAA Today’s Top Ten Award honors senior student-athletes who bring distinction to themselves, their schools and intercollegiate athletics.

May 2 Deadline Approaching for 2015 NCAA Honors Nominations

Top award winners to be recognized in January at Association’s Convention.

Nominations now open for 2015 NCAA Honors awards

NCAA member schools are invited to nominate current and former student-athletes for the 2015 Theodore Roosevelt Award , Silver Anniversary Award , Award of Valor and Inspiration Award . The awards recognize current and former student-...

Billy Mills speaks after being presented the Theodore Roosevelt Award.
NCAA celebrates inspiring honorees

From recent student-athletes who exemplified excellence both on the field and in the classroom to a renowned former runner at Kansas who overcame poverty and racism to become an inspirational Olympian, 19 individuals were celebrated Friday night at the NCAA Honors Celebration.

Andrews named recipient of Ford Award

Dr. James Andrews, internationally known for his skills in orthopedic surgery as well as scientific and clinic research of the knee, shoulder and elbow injuries, has been selected to receive the NCAA President’s Gerald R. Ford Award at the 2014 NCAA Convention in San Diego.

The Inspiration Award

"Inspiration is the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions to a high level." Selection Criteria The NCAA Inspiration Award may be presented to a coach or administrator currently associated with intercollegiate athletics, or to...

Award of Valor

"Valor is the strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to brave danger with boldness and firmness." Selection Criteria The NCAA Award of Valor may be presented to a coach or administrator currently associated with intercollegiate...


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