Celebrating 31 Years of Recognizing Outstanding Student-Athletes

Thirty-one years ago National STUDENT-Athlete Day was created by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS), officially renamed the Institute For Sport & Social Justice (Institute SSJ), to honor the outstanding achievements of high school and college student-athletes. Each honoree has excelled in academics and athletics, while having made significant contributions to their schools and communities.  The event, celebrated annually April 6th recognizes student-athletes nationwide and has begun to connect with schools internationally. Events celebrating the day can take place throughout the entire month or in conjunction with an event that is already in place. National STUDENT-Athlete Day is one of America’s strongest endeavors promoting the positive virtues of sport, student-athletes as a whole, and the positive affect they both have on society.

  • More than 4.3 million student-athletes honored.
  • All student-athletes honored have earned a 3.0+ GPA and are involved in outreach and community service.

 Request Award Certificates

Your school can celebrate the outstanding achievements of its student-athletes on National STUDENT-Athlete Day in many ways, including presenting them with award certificates provided by the Institute SSJ at no cost. We can send you pre-printed certificates or you can download a PDF copy to print.

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Planning & Publicizing Your Event

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Giant Steps Awards

In conjunction with National STUDENT-Athlete Day, Giant Steps Awards are given on the national level in the categories of courageous student-athletes, coaches, civic leaders, barrier breakers and community organizations. Chosen by a national selection committee from hundreds of nominations received nationwide, these individuals exemplify the meaning of National STUDENT-Athlete Day. From 1995-1999, President William Jefferson Clinton honored Giant Steps Award winners with a private ceremony at the White House.

National STUDENT-Athlete Day is a program of the Institute SSJ and is co-sponsored by the NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).