National STUDENT-Athlete Day

What is National STUDENT-Athlete Day?

Created in 1987, National STUDENT-Athlete Day was designed to honor the outstanding achievements of high school and college student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics, while having made significant contributions to their schools and communities. Since its inception, National STUDENT-Athlete Day has honored more than 3.8 million outstanding student-athletes.

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

Giant Steps Awards

In conjunction with National STUDENT-Athlete Day, Giant Steps Awards Honorees are chosen on a national level and honored at our annual Giant Steps Awards Gala and Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.

Award categories include courageous student-athletes (male & female), coaches, civic leaders, and barrier breakers. Honorees make up a diverse group of individuals who have shown courage, heroism, triumph in the midst of adversity, and community activism through the power of sport.

Chosen by a national selection committee from hundreds of nominations received nationwide, these individuals exemplify the true meaning of National STUDENT-Athlete Day.


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