Inspiration Award

2020 NCAA Inspiration Award: Trey Moses

Former Ball State basketball star Trey Moses has felt empowered to vocalize his own mental health challenges to help others. Amid ongoing battles with depression and coping with loss, Moses has learned, “it’s OK not to be OK.”

2020 NCAA Inspiration Award: Rocky Bleier

The former Notre Dame football standout turned soldier turned injured veteran fought his way back to a professional football career that spanned more than a decade.

2019 NCAA Inspiration Award: Shaquem Griffin

An amputated hand did not hinder Shaquem Griffin’s potential — it strengthened it.

2019 NCAA Inspiration Award: Maggie Nichols

Oklahoma gymnast Maggie Nichols hopes reporting abuse by USA Gymnastics doctor helps others feel empowered.

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.

2017 NCAA Inspiration Award: Pete Frates

After being diagnosed with ALS, former Boston College centerfielder Pete Frates told his parents, “What an opportunity we have to change the world.”

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.

Lauren Hill, O.J. Brigance to receive 2016 NCAA Inspiration Award

The Inspiration Award is presented to a coach or administrator currently associated with intercollegiate athletics, or to a current or former varsity letter-winner at an NCAA institution. It is reserved for people who, when confronted with life-altering situations, used perseverance, dedication and determination to overcome their trauma.

April Holmes to receive 2015 Inspiration Award

Paralympian and former student-athlete April Holmes will be honored with the 2015 Inspiration Award at the NCAA Convention in January in Washington, D.C.

May 2 Deadline Approaching for 2015 NCAA Honors Nominations

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

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