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Award of Valor

Honors Celebration

"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 athletics, or to a current or former varsity letter-winner at an NCAA institution who, when confronted with a situation involving personal danger, averted or minimized potential disaster by courageous action or noteworthy bravery.

For a member of the armed forces confronted with a duty-connected situation to be eligible for the Award of Valor, the action must be clearly above and beyond the call of duty and so recognized by the appropriate military command.

For an on-duty member of a police force or similar security or protective organization to be eligible for the Award of Valor, the action must be clearly above and beyond the call of duty and so recognized by the appropriate authority.

The Award of Valor honorees will be celebrated in January 2021.

The Award of Valor is not presented automatically on an annual basis. Selection is based on heroic action occurring between January 1, 2019, to May 11, 2020.

  • Nominations are submitted through the NCAA Program Hub (Nominations will be accepted April 13 to May 11, 2020).

Award of Valor Contact Information

Melody Lawrence
NCAA Honors Program
Phone: 317-917-6387
Email: mlawrence@ncaa.org