Honors Celebration

Honors Celebration reaches to the stars

NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore logged 178 days in space and completed 21 combat missions as a Navy pilot in Operation Desert Storm.

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.

NCAA’s best are recognized

Mannie Jackson considers one of his seemingly minor accomplishments his most monumental: He was elected team captain on the University of Illinois basketball team during the 1959-60 season, his senior year. Jackson didn’t want to accept the mantle, yearning to focus only on what transpired on the court. But his father implored him to embrace his first opportunity to be a leader.

August 1 deadline for 2015 NCAA Today’s Top Ten Award nominations

The NCAA Today’s Top Ten Award honors senior student-athletes who bring distinction to themselves, their schools and intercollegiate athletics.

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.

The Theodore Roosevelt Award was presented to Billy Mills, a Native American who spent his early years on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota before earning an athletics scholarship to the University of Kansas. Mills went on to win a gold medal in the 1964 Olympic Games, serve in the military, become a successful businessman and co-found a nonprofit organization that serves Native American youth.

The award is named after the former U.S. president whose concern for the conduct of college athletics led to the formation of the NCAA in 1906. The award is given annually to an individual for whom competitive athletics in college and attention to physical well-being afterward have been important factors in a distinguished career of national significance and achievement.“I am humbled to be considered a colleague of tonight’s honorees,” Mills said while accepting the Theodore Roosevelt Award. “Your sports performances have inspired many. But when I sat and listened and watched your passion for humanitarian deeds, I was taken on a journey, a powerful journey, to the center of my soul.”

 “Sport helped me in so many ways,” Mills said. “As a young person, sport helped me meet the winds of change that continue to occur in our rapidly changing world. It helped me take advantage of opportunities that ultimately await all of us. I was fortunate to have great leaders, great coaches, great teachers and mentors throughout my sports career.”

Other awards presented Friday recognized Today’s Top 10, given to 10 student-athletes who completed their athletics eligibility in the 2012-13 academic year to salute their excellence both in and out of their respective fields of play.

Additionally, the Award of Valor was given to Cameron Lyle, a New Hampshire track and field student-athlete (discus, shot put, hammer and weight throw) who donated bone marrow to a complete stranger. Jason Church, a former football player at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse who joined the Army and lost his legs below the knee after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan, received the Inspiration Award.The Silver Anniversary Award was given to six individuals who are 25 years removed from completing their college athletics eligibility and have gone on to notable accomplishments in their careers.

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.

The Inspiration Award

"Inspiration is the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions to a high level."

Selection Criteria

The NCAA Inspiration Award 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 life-altering situation used perseverance, dedication and determination to overcome the event and most importantly, now serves as a role model to give hope and inspiration to others in similar situations.

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

The Inspiration Awardee(s) will be celebrated in January 2022.

The Inspiration Award is not presented automatically on an annual basis. Selection is based on inspirational action before the NCAA Honors Celebration.

  • 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
Email:  mlawrence@ncaa.org

 

Award of Valor

"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 honoree(s) will be celebrated in January 2022.

The Award of Valor is not presented automatically on an annual basis. Selection is based on heroic action occurring between January 1, 2020, to April 28, 2021.

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

Award of Valor Contact Information

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

 

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