Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – (March 10, 2014) – The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) announced today that 19 nominees have been selected for the 2013 James E. Sullivan Award, which honors the nation's outstanding amateur athlete. Nominees include Olympic gold medalists David Boudia and Katie Ledecky, along with college football stars AJ McCarron, University of Alabama, Blake Bortles, University of Central Florida, and Tre Mason, member of Auburn’s 2013 BCS National Champion team.

“I am extremely proud of the 2013 slate of nominees for the highest honor the AAU bestows-the AAU James E. Sullivan Award,” said Henry Forrest, President of the AAU. “These young women and men are the best and the brightest among the hundreds of thousands of amateur athletes who are pursuing their dreams. Not just on the court, the field, the mat, the water or in the gym, these outstanding athletes demonstrate character and leadership in their communities as well.”

Today marks the first day of voting to find the winner of the 2013 AAU Sullivan Award. Voting is open to the public and will account for one-third of the athlete’s overall score. The nominees were nominated by someone who thought they fit the requirements of outstanding athletic ability, strong character, leadership and sportsmanship. The public can cast their vote by going to Voting will remain open until March 23rd at 11:59 EST.

Three finalists will be named no later than March 28th and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, April 11th at the AAU National Headquarters in Orlando, Fla.

The Sullivan Award has been presented annually since 1930, and is based on character, leadership and sportsmanship. Notable recipients of the AAU Sullivan Award include: Mark Spitz, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Florence Joyner, Peyton Manning, Michael Phelps, J.J. Redick, Tim Tebow, Shawn Johnson and Missy Franklin.


Liz Brenner

Oregon Volleyball, Basketball, Track &Field

A three-sport athlete at the University of Oregon, this is Liz Brenner’s second time being nominated for the AAU Sullivan Award. On the hardwood, she scored a career-high 17 points in Oregon’s rivalry game against Oregon State. In volleyball, Liz was a 2013 All-America Second Team selection after leading the Pac-12 in kills and ranking ninth in the country. She recently joined the track and field team and won the javelin competition at the Oregon Twilight and Oregon State High Performance Meet, where she came in 8th place, capturing All-America honors in her second sport.

Read about the nominees in other sports here