Gerald R. Ford Award

2021 Gerald R. Ford Award: David Robinson

David Robinson’s post-basketball life is filled with successes in family, philanthropy and business.

Dick Vitale to receive 2020 NCAA Ford Award

Dick Vitale has been named the 2020 recipient for the NCAA President’s Gerald R. Ford Award, which recognizes an individual who has provided significant leadership as an advocate for college sports.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee named 2019 Ford Award recipient

Jackie Joyner-Kersee is the 2019 recipient of the NCAA President’s Gerald R. Ford Award, which honors an individual who has provided significant leadership as an advocate for college sports.

NCAA to honor Robin Roberts with Ford Award

Robin Roberts has been named the 2018 recipient of the NCAA President’s Gerald R. Ford Award, which honors an individual who has provided significant leadership as an advocate for college sports.

Grant Hill to receive NCAA Ford Award

Grant Hill has been named the 2017 recipient of the NCAA President’s Gerald R. Ford Award, which honors an individual who has provided significant leadership as an advocate for college sports.

2016 NCAA President's Gerald R. Ford Award winner: Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.

From January 2005 to 2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001 to 2005, the first woman to hold the position.

Rice served as Stanford University’s Provost from 1993 to 1999, during which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. As Provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students. In 1997, she also served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender-Integrated Training in the Military.

From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff.  She served as Director; Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs; and, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

As professor of political science, Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors: the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

She has authored and coauthored numerous books, including two bestsellers, “No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington” (2011) and “Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family” (2010).  She also wrote “Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft” (1995) with Philip Zelikow; “The Gorbachev Era” (1986) with Alexander Dallin; and “Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army” (1984).

In 1991, Rice cofounded the Center for a New Generation (CNG), an innovative, after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California. In 1996, CNG merged with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (an affiliate club of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)). CNG has since expanded to local BGCA chapters in Birmingham, Atlanta and Dallas. She remains an active proponent of an extended learning day through after school programs. 

Since 2009, Rice has served as a founding partner at RiceHadleyGates, LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. The firm works with senior executives of major companies to implement strategic plans and expand in emerging markets. Other partners include former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.

Rice currently serves on the boards of Dropbox, an online-storage technology company; C3, an energy software company; and Makena Capital, a private endowment firm. In addition, she is chair of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and a member of the boards of the George W. Bush Institute and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

In 2013, Rice was appointed to the College Football Playoff Committee, formerly the Bowl Championship Series.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master’s from the University of Notre Dame; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Rice is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded 11 honorary doctorates. She currently resides in Stanford, California.

NCAA President’s Gerald R. Ford Award

Gerald R. Ford at the University of Michigan in 1933
Gerald R. Ford at the University of Michigan in 1933

The award, named in recognition of former President Gerald Ford, honors an individual who has provided significant leadership as an advocate for intercollegiate athletics on a continuous basis over the course of their career. It was established in 2004 by the late NCAA President Myles Brand.

President Ford was the 38th President of the United States. He was Vice-President when he took the oath of office in 1974 after President Richard Nixon resigned, and served as President until 1977.

Ford's political career began in 1948, when he was elected to congress from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He rose to become House Minority Leader in 1965, a post which he held until appointed to the vice-presidency by President Nixon in 1973.

Ford played football at the University of Michigan where he participated on national championship teams in 1932 and 1933. He started every game at center his senior year and was voted most valuable player by teammates. Ford received contract offers from the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions, which he turned down in favor of studying law at Yale University. Before beginning his law courses, Ford coached freshman football and boxing.

Recipients

* In July 2012, following the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, the NCAA vacated the 2011 award given to Joe Paterno.

 

Harrison to receive Ford Award

Longtime Committee on Academic Performance chair Walter Harrison will receive the 2015 Gerald R. Ford Award.

Andrews named recipient of Ford Award

Dr. James Andrews, internationally known for his skills in orthopedic surgery as well as scientific and clinic research of the knee, shoulder and elbow injuries, has been selected to receive the NCAA President’s Gerald R. Ford Award at the 2014 NCAA Convention in San Diego.

Lopiano to receive NCAA's Ford Award

By Gary Brown Donna Lopiano, a steadfast proponent of equality and fairness in sports, has been selected to receive the NCAA President’s Gerald R. Ford Award at the 2013 NCAA Convention. Lopiano, an educator, former coach, longtime...

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