Athlete of the Year
Athlete of the Year is an award given by various sports organizations for the athlete whom they have determined to be deserving of such recognition.
Definition of "athlete"
- In many nations, an "athlete" is someone who participates in the "sport of athletics" (including track and field, racewalking, cross country and road running)
- In other nations — including Canada and the United States — an "athlete" (or "sportsperson") is a person who participates in any sport (including track and field).
Similar names for the award
The awards are also sometimes called player of the year, most valuable player (MVP), sportsperson (sportsman or sportswoman) of the year, or Mr./Ms. X sport. For example, at the high-school level in the United States, several American states choose a Mr. Basketball (e.g., Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, North Dakota, Utah, and Wisconsin). Such awards — general and one-sport-only — are common at the high-school, college (university), and professional levels in the United States.
Various athlete of the year awards
Athletics (track and field)
- World's Greatest Athlete (decathlon)
- IAAF World Athlete of the Year (International Athletic Foundation of the International Association of Athletics Federations)
- European Athlete of the Year Trophy
- Track & Field News Athlete of the Year
- Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year (Laureus World Sports Academy)
- Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year
- L'Équipe Champion of Champions Award
- BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year—excludes British nationals
This lists a sampling of awards dedicated to a specific country.
- Slovenian Sportsman of the year and Slovenian Sportswoman of the year
- United Kingdom
- BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award—winner must either be a British national or resident
- U.S.-based awards
Because these awards are given by American organizations, the winners are usually, but not always, Americans. Also, the presence of the word "Sportsman" in the name of an award does not imply that the award is open solely to men; women have frequently won these awards.
- Associated Press Athlete of the Year (AP)
- Best Female Athlete ESPY Award
- Best Male Athlete ESPY Award
- Sporting News Sportsman/Pro Athlete of the Year
- Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
- Sportswoman of the Year Award (Women's Sports Foundation)
- United Press International Athlete of the Year Award (UPI) (defunct)
- NCAA Sportsmanship Award (National Collegiate Athletic Association)
- NCAA Woman of the Year Award (student-athlete)
- Best Female College Athlete ESPY Award
- Best Male College Athlete ESPY Award
- Atlantic Coast Conference Athlete of the Year (ACC)
One sport (other than track and field)
- International Baseball Federation Senior Athlete of the Year
- U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year (U.S. Soccer Federation) (association football)
- Leigh Matthews Trophy (Australian Football League) (Australian rules football)
- Canadian Football League Most Outstanding Player Award (Canadian football)
- GAA All Stars Awards (Gaelic games)
- National Football League Most Valuable Player Award (U.S.) (American football)
- Nippon Professional Baseball Most Valuable Player Award (Japan)
- MLB Most Valuable Player Award (Major League Baseball) (U.S. & Canada)
- Players Choice Awards Player of the Year (Major League Baseball) (U.S. & Canada)
- Sporting News Player of the Year (Major League Baseball) (U.S. & Canada)
- Sporting News MLB Athlete of the Decade (Major League Baseball) (U.S. & Canada)
- ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year (Atlantic Coast Conference) (college/university) (U.S.)
- Baseball America High School Player of the Year Award (U.S.)
- The Best Female and Best Male College Basketball and Best College Football Player ESPY Awards — awarded from 1993 to 2001 — were absorbed in 2002 by the Best Female and Best Male College Athlete ESPY Awards.