Athletes in Excellence Award


These attributes are often found in elite athletes. It is what makes them so successful in their chosen sport. As a spectator, when I watch the Olympic Games or other high-level sporting events, I can’t help but marvel at the prowess and skill of the athletes. They make it look so easy but of course we all know it’s not. It takes a great deal of hard work and dedication to reach that level of sport.

In spite of the time and energy required to excel in sport, some athletes choose to go above and beyond. In the world of sport, there exists a handful of athletes who put forth the same dedication to their community as they give to their sport. On top of training, they devote valuable time to improving their local and global communities.


These very athletes helped inspire our “Athletes in Excellence” Award, our latest awards program. We want to recognize the members of our sport communities who give so much and help make this world a better place. It is important that we highlight these incredible role models, spotlighting their accomplishments and good deeds. Too often we hear of athletes making bad choices in life and sport. With this award, we hope to shift the public’s focus onto those who are making positive changes.

Listen to the podcast with Executive Board Member, Dr. Steven Ungerleider and Nicole Bennett of Around the Rings to hear more about this exciting new awards program.
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Anyone may nominate an athlete to win the “Athletes in Excellence” Award. Simply email your submission to All submissions must be received by August 31, 2014. In addition to award recognition, each award winner will receive a $10,000 grant. Learn more here.