The AAU Sullivan Award: Meet Your Finalists

The AAU Sullivan Award: Meet Your Finalists

On April 16, the 89th AAU Sullivan Award winner will be announced. This prestigious award has been given out annually to the nation’s top amateur athlete since 1930 and is the perfect way to recognize the players who entertain, inspire and motivate us the most.

One of these outstanding finalists will join an incredible group of past winners that includes Peyton Manning, Bill Walton, Shawn Johnson, Missy Franklin, and Michael Phelps.

Get to know each of this year’s nominees by looking through our slideshow of finalists and cast your vote here. Then, tune in on April 16th to find out who takes home the 89th AAU Sullivan Award!

Click Through To Learn More About Each Of This Year’s Finalists

Making History: The AAU Sullivan Award

Making History: The AAU Sullivan Award

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Michael Phelps. Peyton Manning. Shawn Johnson. Ezekiel Elliott.

For 88 straight years, the AAU Sullivan Award has been presented to the nation’s best amateur athlete. The list of past winners is a who’s who of some of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen. From the inaugural 1930 winner Bobby Jones, who was a trailblazer in golf, to the 1981 winner Carl Lewis, who set records in track, to the 2016 winner Lauren Carlini, who was the first volleyball player to win the award, these athletes have starred in a variety of sports. Each one of them has captivated and entertained sports fans throughout the world during their amateur career.

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This year’s AAU Sullivan Award winner was world-champion wrestler and Team USA hero Kyle Snyder. For a backstage look at this year’s event and all of the incredible nominees, click here.

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Kyle Snyder Wins The 88th AAU Sullivan Award

Kyle Snyder Wins The 88th AAU Sullivan Award

Wrestler Kyle Snyder has been named the 2018 AAU Sullivan Award Winner during a ceremony at the New York Athletic Club.

Snyder is the youngest Olympic gold medalist as well as the youngest World Champion in world history. He also wrestled collegiately at Ohio State where he won three national championships.

He was a finalist last year as well and said that his favorite part about being nominated was ‘getting to meet all of the other great athletes.”

Snyder was part of an incredible group of finalists that also included volleyball player Annika Abrecht, para-equestrian Angela Peavy, distance runner Erin Finn, basketball player Joel Berry II, volleyball player Kelly Hunter, and figure skaters Maia and Alex Shibutani.

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Prior to the award ceremony, the finalists got a chance to experience parts of New York. They got a chance to participate in a subway-themed escape room and visited the city’s Ronald McDonald House.

Nine-time Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Lewis was the MC of the evening and he gave a stirring speech on the importance of the award and the impact the finalists have made to the sports world.


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