The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) James E. Sullivan Award has been presented annually since 1930 to the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. The 2015 Award Ceremony will be held on
April 10th, 2016 at the New York City Athletic Club.
The AAU James E. Sullivan Award annually recognizes the outstanding amateur athlete whose outstanding athletic accomplishments are complemented by qualities of leadership, character and sportsmanship.
Winners achieve great success on a national and/or international stage through competition in collegiate athletics, Olympic pursuit or similar high profile competitions.
Presented by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), the AAU Sullivan Award symbolizes the fostering of a community of respected amateur athletes whose example provides a great model to our AAU athletes.
World renowned golfer Robert “Bobby” Jones received the inaugural award in 1930 and swimmer Anne Curtis became the first female to accept the award in 1944. Other notable athletes to win the award
include famed Olympians Mark Spitz (1971), Carl Lewis (1981), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1986) and Michael Phelps (2003). Former UCLA basketball star Bill Walton (1973), University of Tennessee quarterback
Peyton Manning (1997) and, most recently, the Ohio State University running back Ezekiel Elliott (2014) have also earned the prestigious honor.
For more info, visit www.aausullivan.org.