Giant Steps Awards are given in conjunction with National STUDENT-Athlete Day (NSAD). While we honors thousands of student-athletes for their outstanding achievements nationwide, we also recognize individuals from the world of sport on a national level.

Each year, Giant Steps Awards are given to a diverse group of individuals who have shown courage, heroism, triumph in the midst of adversity, and community activism through the power of sport. These honorees are chosen from nominations received from around the country.

This year’s finalists include the following individuals:

Courageous Student-Athletes (male):

Alex Findura – Bloomsburg University

Jake Olson – University of Southern California

Kyle Richard – SUNY Cortland

Bobby Spitulski – Troy University


Courageous Student-Athletes (female):

Madeline Banic – University of Tennessee

Noelle Lambert – University of Massachusetts Lowell

Allison Mazur – University of Buffalo


Barrier Breaker:

Ayesha McGowan - Cyclist

Nancy Simpson – NASTAR Skier

Chelsea Werner – Special Olympian and Model


Civic Leader:

Lance Jackson – Former Texas A&M Football Player

Katelyn Ohashi – Former UCLA Gymnast

P.K. Subban – Nashville Predators Hockey


A Hero Among Us:

Marko Cheseto – Former Runner, University of Alaska

Chris Norton – Founder, Chris Norton Foundation

Gage Senter – Hockey Player and student May Center for Brain Injury




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