About the Program

The Institute For Sport & Social Justice ("The Institute") PlayMaker of the Month award program recognizes the academic achievement and community service of student-athletes that reflect "The Institute's" core values. Many times, student-athletes’ work in the classroom and within the community goes unnoticed. PlayMaker of the Month gives coaches, administrators, teammates, and faculty the opportunity to nominate and recognize those student-athletes who exemplify the "The Institute's" 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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October 2019 PlayMakersNovember 2019 PlayMakers

Previous PlayMakers

2014-15 PlayMakers 2015-16 PlayMakers 2016-17 PlayMakers

Nomination criteria:

  • Be a coach, administrator, student-athlete, or faculty member in good standing at a collegiate or high school institution that is in good standing with your respective governing body (i.e. NCAA, NAIA, high school state association, etc.).
  • Complete a PlayMaker of the Month nomination application
  • Submit all the required documentation (nomination application, media info. – articles, interviews, YouTube recordings, etc. – and, current photo (preferably a headshot) by the 15th of the month.

Nominee requirements:

  • Current/eligible student-athlete in good standing at their respective institution
  • Carry a 3.0 or higher cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA), weighted averages are acceptable
  • Actively participate in community service, social change advocacy, or volunteer services

PlayMaker of the Month recipients will:

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

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