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  John Urschel Named 84th James E. Sullivan Award Winner



In ceremonies tonight, at its national headquarters, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) announced Penn State Football Guard, John Urschel, has been named the 84th annual James E. Sullivan Award winner, which honors the nation's outstanding amateur athletes. Presented annually since 1930, the Sullivan Award is based on character, leadership, and sportsmanship. Notable recipients of the AAU Sullivan Award include Mark Spitz, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Peyton Manning, Michael Phels, J. J. Redick, Tim Tebow, Shawn Johnson and last year's recipient, Missy Franklin.

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Missy Franklin award
83rd AAU Sullivan Award

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – In ceremonies tonight at its national headquarters, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) announced that Missy Franklin, US Olympic swimmer, has been named the 2012 James E. Sullivan Award winner, which honors the nation's outstanding amateur athletes. Presented annually since 1930, the Sullivan award is based on character, leadership and sportsmanship. Notable recipients of the AAU Sullivan Award include: Mark Spitz, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Florence Joyner, Peyton Manning, Michael Phelps, J.J. Redick, Tim Tebow, and Shawn Johnson.

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Congratulations to the 82nd Annual AAU Sullivan Award Andrew Rodriguez

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – (March 20, 2012) – In ceremonies tonight at the prestigious New York Athletic Club, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) announced that Andrew Rodriguez, a football player from Alexandria, Virginia, has been named the 2011 James E. Sullivan Award winner, which honors the nation's outstanding amateur athletes. Presented annually since 1930, the Sullivan award is based on character, leadership and sportsmanship. Notable recipients of the AAU Sullivan Award include: Mark Spitz, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Florence Joyner, Peyton Manning, Michael Phelps, J.J. Redick, Tim Tebow, and Shawn Johnson.

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82nd Annual AAU Sullivan Award

Voting has Closed at this time. Finalists will be announced soon.

The AAU Sullivan Committee is proud to announce the 2011 AAU Sullivan Award Semi-finalists. The Committee has selected nine outstanding athletes who give it their all throughout his/her overall lifestyle. They have talent, leadership, character and sportsmanship; they have what it takes to be America's top amateur athlete. Learn more about these individuals through his/her biographies.

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Sullivan News

Palmiero-Winters to Be Grand Marshall of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County Walkathon June 5 -

The Girl Scouts of Nassau County announced Amy Palmiero-Winters as the 2011 Grand Marshall of the “Girls Go the Distance” Walkathon. On Sunday, June 5 at SUNY College at Old Westbury, Amy will lead the two-mile walk to raise awareness and support for the Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Healthy Living Initiative.

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Evan Lysacek
2010 AAU Sullivan Award Recipient - Evan Lysacek
81st Annual AAU sullivan Award Winner

The Amateur Athletic Union congratulates Evan Lysacek, as the recipient of the 2010 James E. Sullivan Award for America’s Top Amateur Athlete.

The award was presented March 14th, 2011 at the New York Athletic Club. During the exclusive and impressive ceremony, the AAU Sullivan Committee announced Evan as this year’s award winner. Evan showed not only outstanding athletic abilities and accomplishments in his sport but true leadership and strength of character in his life off the ice!
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Interview with 1952 Sullivan Award Winner by Gary Cohen

Horace Ashenfelter was the 1952 Sullivan Award Winner and Olympic Gold Medalist of the 3000 meter steeplechase in Helsinki, Finland. While preparing for the 1952 Olympic Games, Horace was a full-time employee with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mr. Ashenfelter attended Penn State University where he won several National Championships for indoor and out door track and field. He is now 87 years old and doing well. Interviewer Gary Cohen asked, “What are some of your most memorable awards and where is your Olympic Gold Medals displayed now?” Ashenfelter replied, “I have six gold watches from the Penn relays. The Sullivan Award is also one of my most treasured. My Olympic Gold medal is at the Penn State museum because we have four boys and what are you going to do with one gold medals? The Sullivan Award is also there.”

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Congratulations to 2009 Sullivan Finalist Megan Hodge

The AAU SULLIVAN AWARD Committee would like to congratulate the winner of the Honda Award, Megan Hodge from Penn State. The Honda Award honors athletes that demonstrate athletic excellence and care that extends to the classroom, community and beyond. Hodge tied with Maya Moore of the University of Connecticut for this award; this tie is the first in the history of the award!

Megan was an AAU Sullivan Award Finalist for 2009 that was presented this past April. She has displayed excellent leadership qualities both on and off the court. This outstanding volleyball player aided her team to the 3rd consecutive National Championship. Again, congratulations to Megan Hodge; the AAU can’t wait to see what future Megan has in volleyball.

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Amy Palmiero-WintersAAU Sullivan Award Winner Announcement
Amy Palmiero-Winters
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The Amateur Athletic Union would like to congratulate Amy Palmiero-Winters, as she was honored with the 2009 James E. Sullivan Award. On April 14th, 2010, in the New York Athletic Club during an exclusive and impressive ceremony, the AAU Sullivan Committee announced Amy Palmiero-Winters as this year’s award winner for her outstanding athletic abilities and accomplishments in her sport as well as sportsmanship, leadership and character (on & off the field) in her lifestyle as a whole.

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AAU SullivanKnown as the ” Oscar” of sports awards, and older than The Heisman,the AAU Sullivan Award honors theoutstanding amateur athlete in the United States. It has been presented annually by the AAU since 1930 as a salute to founder and past president of theAmateur Athletic Union, and a pioneer in amateur sports, James E. Sullivan. Based on the qualities of leadership, character, sportsmanship, and the ideals of amateurism, the AAU Sullivan Award goes far beyond athletic accomplishments and honors those who have shown strong moral character.