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.
Representatives from the AAU created the AAU Sullivan Award with the intent to recognize amateur contributions and achievements from non-professional athletes across the country.
The AAU Sullivan Award is presented to the athlete who has demonstrated the most athletic success – as well as leadership, character and sportsmanship – in the past year.
The 2015 Award Ceremony will be held on April 10th, 2016 at the New York City Athletic Club.
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.