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New York, NY, March 18, 2015 – Today, Ezekiel Elliott, Meryl Davis & Charlie White, Shawn Barber, Simone Biles, Jahlil Okafor and Katie Ledecky were announced as finalists for the AAU Sullivan Award, which honors the most outstanding United States amateur athlete. Finalists were selected not only based on their athletic accomplishments, but also by their demonstration of premier leadership, character and sportsmanship.
Online voting is open to the public, so everyone can join the debate and help decide who was 2014’s best. Votes can be cast once a day, until March 25th. “The AAU hereby opens our finalist voting,” said AAU President/CEO, Dr. Roger Goudy. “This year’s class is an accomplished group of athletes and they truly represent the best in amateur athletics. We are excited to welcome one of them into our exclusive Club.”
Only one finalist will join the illustrious list of previous winners which include: Bobby Jones (1930), Doc Blanchard (1945), Wilma Rudolph (1961), Bill Bradley (1965), Mark Spitz (1970), Bill Walton (1973), Bruce Jenner (1976), Carl Lewis (1981), Joan Benoit (1985), Janet Evans (1989), Peyton Manning (1997), Michael Phelps (2003), Tim Tebow (2007), Missy Franklin (2012) and dozens of others.
Now, in its 85th year, the Award is the most prestigious amateur sports award and is a salute to AAU founder and amateur sports pioneer, James E. Sullivan. This year’s award ceremony will be attended by all the finalists and held at the esteemed New York Athletic Club (NYAC) on Sunday, April 19. “With its rich and storied history, the New York Athletic Club signals the AAU’s commitment to both recognizing the excellence of today’s athletes while celebrating the accomplishments of previous winners,” said AAU Sullivan Award Chair Melissa Willis.
Select tickets are available to the public. For tickets, contact AAU’s Pam Kirby Marshall via phone: 407-934-7200 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets for one guest 20-years of age and under are $35, while tickets for one guest 21+ are $100.
Media interested in attending the award ceremony, interviewing finalists (live or remotely), receiving post-ceremony photos / releases, etc. should contact: SAUCE Marketing’s Ryan David Saniuk at email@example.com or 305-479-4513 and Rachel D’Orazio, AAU Marketing, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-828-3132.
For more info on the AAU, award and ceremony, including voting, past winners, event details and nominee bios, visit www.aausullivan.org.
Founded in 1888, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States. The “Sports for All, Forever” philosophy is shared by over 600,000 participants and over 50,000 volunteers. The AAU annually sanctions more than 34 sports programs, 250 national championships, and over 30,000 age division events. AAU alumni include LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire, Diana Taurasi, Madison Bumgarner and Justin Verlander. A multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the development of amateur sportswww.aausports.org.
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