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Theodore Roosevelt Award

Honors Celebration

The “Teddy” is the highest honor the NCAA may confer on an individual.  It is named after President Theodore Roosevelt, whose concern for the conduct of intercollegiate athletics led to the formation of the NCAA in 1906.

Award Criteria

The “Teddy” is presented annually to a distinguished citizen of national reputation and outstanding accomplishment. To be eligible the recipient must have graduated from an NCAA member institution and earned a varsity athletics award, or participated in competitive intercollegiate athletics. Furthermore, the awardee, by personal example and contributions to society, exemplifies the ideals to which collegiate athletics programs and amateur sports competition are dedicated.

Nominations from Member Institutions

All NCAA member institutions are encouraged to nominate individuals for this award. The selection of the Theodore Roosevelt Award recipient is made by the NCAA Honors Committee in June.

Nominees need not be alumni of your institution.  A current employee of an athletics department at an NCAA member institution, or of a member athletics conference office or the NCAA national office, or anyone who has been so employed within the last three years, is not eligible for the award. Nominations submitted the past three years are included automatically among the candidates for the current year's award.

  • Nominations are submitted through the NCAA Program Hub. (Nominations will be accepted March 22 to April 28, 2021.)

Contact Information:

Melody Lawrence
NCAA Honors Program
Phone:  317-917-6387