Inspiration Award

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.

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.

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