Awards and Honors

Julie Soriero to receive Pat Summitt Award

Julie Soriero, athletics director at MIT, will be the 2018 recipient of the NCAA President’s Pat Summitt Award. She will accept the award Jan. 18 at the 2018 NCAA Convention in Indianapolis.

NCAA President’s Pat Summitt Award

Named in recognition of Pat Summitt, the award recognizes an individual in the Association’s membership who has demonstrated devotion to the development of college athletes and has made a positive impact on their lives. It was established in 2017 by NCAA President Mark Emmert.

Award recipients are selected annually by the NCAA president and will receive a $10,000 honorarium to donate to the organization of the honoree’s choice that combats or researches neurological diseases of the brain.

Summitt was the women’s basketball head coach at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, from 1974 to 2012. She amassed a record 1,098 wins, eight NCAA championships and 32 Southeastern Conference titles. A five-time Naismith Coach of the Year, she also served as an associate athletics director at Tennessee and a member of the board of directors for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Off the court, Summitt saw every student-athlete she coached who completed eligibility earn an undergraduate degree — gaining for her program a 100 percent Graduation Success Rate throughout her career.

In August 2011, Summitt announced that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, and in November 2011, she created the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund, with proceeds going toward research for cognitive diseases. In 2012, President Barack Obama presented Summitt with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Summitt died in June 2016.

Buffalo earns Award for Diversity and Inclusion

The University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, has earned the NCAA and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association’s 2018 Award for Diversity and Inclusion. The school will receive the honor in January at the NCAA Convention in Indianapolis.

2018 Theodore Roosevelt Award: Capt. Barry “Butch” Wilmore

A typical day at the office carries a slightly different meaning for NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore.

2018 NCAA Award of Valor: Crystal Griner

A former Hood basketball player, who graduated in 2006, was one of two U.S. Capitol Police officers on site when a gunman opened fire at a Republican congressional baseball team practice.

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.

NCAA announces 2018 Silver Anniversary Award recipients

Six former college athletes will receive the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, which annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletics careers. The 2018 recipients are Jason Elam, Julie Foudy, Jim Hansen, Nnenna Lynch, David Morrow and Lance Pilch.

NCAA names 2018 Today’s Top 10 recipients

In January, 10 exceptional former student-athletes will be honored as the 2018 Today’s Top 10 Award winners at the NCAA Convention.

2018 Silver Anniversary Award: Lance Pilch

Lance Pilch always wanted to be a pilot, but there was no guarantee he would reach that goal when he enrolled at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Still, he was happy to dedicate himself to a larger cause.

2018 Silver Anniversary Award: David Morrow

Hailing from Troy, Michigan, David Morrow never dreamed of attending an Ivy League school, let alone becoming a college athlete.

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