Vote For The AAU Sullivan Award
The semi-final round of voting for the AAU Sullivan Award is open now. Since 1930, the prestigious award has been given to the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States, and some of the biggest names in sports have been honored with the award.
Past winners include Carl Lewis, Peyton Manning, Bill Walton, Michelle Kwan, Michael Phelps, Ezekiel Elliot, Tim Tebow, Shawn Johnson, Missy Franklin, and J.J. Redick.
The semi-final voting round will close on March 13, so make sure to get your votes in quickly! You can vote once every 24 hours here. And don’t forget to check back on March 15 when finalist voting begins! Now, let’s get to the semi-finalists.
Matt Centrowitz Jr., Track & Field
The son of a two-time Olympian, Matt earned a gold medal with a time of 3:50.00 in the 1500m run at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. He also won a gold medal at the 2016 World Indoor Championships in the same event and remained unbeaten during the 2016 indoor season.
Ashleigh Johnson, Water Polo
A two-time AAU James E. Sullivan Award semi-finalist, Johnson has proven to be one of the best water polo players in the world. She helped lead Team USA to a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and took home Top Goalkeeper honors.
Maverick McNealy, Golf
McNealy is the most highly-touted golf prospect in the world. Following his 11th college win at the Nike Gold Collegiate Invitational, McNealy tied Tiger Woods and Patrick Rodgers for the most victories in Stanford history.
Lauren Carlini, Volleyball
A member of the bronze medal-winning U.S. National Team at the 2016 Pan America Cup, Carlini is the first four-time All-Big Ten pick in program history. She ranks first at Wisconsin with 74 career double-doubles and second in career assists with 5,599.
Deshaun Watson, Football
A two-time Heisman Trophy finalist, Watson took the Clemson program to another level, ending in the school’s first national championship in more than 30 years. The QB garnered second team All-American honors in 2016 with 4,593 yards and 50 total touchdowns.
Steele Johnson, Diving
Eight years after a devastating injury, Johnson realized his dream of representing the United States at the Olympic Games and brought home a silver medal in the 10m synchronized diving event. Johnson finished 13th overall in the 10m individual diving event.
Malik Monk, Basketball
A likely lottery selection in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Wildcats’ sharpshooter set the Kentucky scoring record with 47 points in a win over the University of North Carolina. Monk is averaging more than 21 points per game and shooting better than 40 percent from the 3-point line.
Ginny Thrasher, Olympic-Style Rifle Shooting
A 19-year-old NCAA national champion, Thrasher represented the U.S. in Rio and earned the country’s first gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in the 10m air rifle. Thrasher defeated her veteran opponent in the finals by a full point, a wide margin in perhaps the Game’s most precise sport.
Lonzo Ball, Basketball
One of the most recognized athletes in college basketball this season, Ball has averaged more than 15 points and 7.5 assists per game for the No. 3-ranked UCLA Bruins this season. He ranks first in the nation with more than 200 assists and has already set UCLA's single-season freshman assists record.
Kyle Lewis, Baseball
Winner of the 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, Lewis solidified himself as the most decorated student athlete in Mercer University history before becoming the 11th overall selection by the Seattle Mariners in the 2016 MLB Draft.
Kyle Snyder, Freestyle Wrestling
At age 20, Snyder became the youngest wrestling gold medalist in U.S. history during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Adding to his Olympic gold, Snyder defeated two-time champion Nick Gwiazdowski (NC State) to claim his first NCAA championship for Ohio State.
Helen Maroulis, Freestyle Wrestling
A gold medalist in the 53kg women's freestyle wrestling at the 2016 Olympic Games, Maroulis is the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the sport. She defeated arguably the greatest women's wrestler in history, three-time Olympic champion and 13-time World Champion Saori Yoshida of Japan.
Kayla Harrison, Judo
Harrison earned her second Olympic gold medal in 2016 and finished the year ranked No. 1 in the world in the 78kg weight class. She is the first American (male or female) judoka to ever win a gold medal at the Olympic Games and successfully defended her 2012 title in London.
Laurie Hernandez, Gymnastics
A member of the Final Five, Hernandez placed second in the all-around at Olympic Trials and helped Team USA to a gold medal in the team event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Her 15.333 score in the Balance Beam later in the week was good for a silver medal, her second and final medal of the Games.
Brianna Turner, Basketball
The 2015 Full Court Press National Freshman of the Year, Turner has only added to her enormous accolades as the star of Notre Dame's women's basketball team. She is the 2016 ACC Player of the Year, ACC Defensive Player of the Year and was named (Top 15) to the John R. Wooden Award National Ballot.
Jackie Galloway, Taekwondo
At 19 years old, Galloway took home a bronze medal in her Olympic debut in Rio. A mechanical engineering student at Southern Methodist, Galloway earned a gold medal at the Pan American Games this year.
Aly Raisman, Gymnastics
Captain of both the 2012 and 2016 USA Gymnastics teams, Raisman had another stellar Olympic Games in Rio. At 22 years old, Raisman earned a gold and two silvers to become the second most-decorated U.S. gymnast in history.
Vashti Cunningham, Track & Field
Daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, Vashti established a new World Junior Record with a jump of 1.99m on her way to winning the 2016 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Portland.