About the Program

The Institute For Sport & Social Justice (Institute SSJ) PlayMaker of the Month award program recognizes the academic achievement and community service of student-athletes at Institute SSJ member institutions.  Many times, student-athletes’ work in the classroom and within the community go unnoticed.  PlayMaker of the Month gives coaches, administrators, teammates, and faculty of Institute SSJ member institutions an opportunity to nominate and recognize those student-athletes who exemplify the Institute SSJ motto of “Changing Lives Through the Power of Sport.”  PlayMaker of the Month recipients are recognized in the months of October through June.

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Nomination criteria:

  • Be a Institute SSJ member in good standing
  • Complete a PlayMaker of the month nomination form
  • Submit all the required documentations (nomination form, media info., photo, etc.)

Nominee requirements:

  • Current student-athlete at an Institute SSJ member institution
  • Carry a 3.0 or higher Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Actively participate in community service, social change advocacy, or volunteer

PlayMaker of the Month recipients will:

  • Be featured on the Institute SSJ website for the month selected
  • Receive an Institute SSJ PlayMaker of the Month t-shirt
  • Receive an Institute SSJ PlayMaker of the Month certificate
  • Be recognized at the Annual Institute SSJ Annual Giant Steps Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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