(WTVY) — The Alabama State Games, in an effort to recognize outstanding youth and adult amateur athletes, presents an Athlete of the Year award to four deserving individuals that participate in the Alabama State Games sporting event. One male and one female youth (under 18 years old) Athlete of the Year, and one male and one female adult (18 years and older) Athlete of the Year will be selected from submitted nominations.
HOW THE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS IS CHOSEN:
Following the State Games, sports directors, coaches, athletes and parents can nominate athletes from individual sports and team sports for the Athlete of the Year presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. An entire team can't be nominated, but individual players from team sports are eligible for nomination. A selection board will meet to determine the winners.
WHAT SELECTIONS ARE BASED ON:
Sportsmanship, effort, attitude, overall athletic participation in the AL. State Games (include all AL. State Games awards won) and other athletic competitions, achievement, motivation and special attributes or circumstances that have been overcome. INDIVIDUALS ON TEAMS SPORTS ARE ELIGIBLE. THIS IS NOT JUST FOR INDIVIDUAL SPORT PARTICIPANTS.
WHAT RECIPIENTS RECEIVE:
The recipients of the Athlete of the Year award presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors will receive a medal, walk in the Parade of Athletes and anchor the torch relay during the Alabama State Games Opening Ceremony, possibly mentioned in future Alabama State Games publications and be involved in promotional events with Academy Sports + Outdoors. Winners will also be awarded a certificate signed by the current Governor of Alabama, at a special proclamation signing ceremony held at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, AL. Winners of the Alabama State Games Athlete of the Year presenting by Academy Sports + Outdoors will also be submitted for consideration by the National Congress of State Games in naming the youth and adult, female and male National Athlete of the Year.
HOW TO NOMINATE AND DEADLINE:
Online submissions can be made, beginning June 9, 2017. Nominations received by August 1, 2017 will be considered. You can nominate online at www.alagames.com or by this form.
Call (334) 440-8072 for more information