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Do you know of an Olympic or collegiate amateur athlete with the following characteristics? Outstanding athletic ability, strong character, leadership and sportsmanship? Nominate him or her today for the AAU James E. Sullivan Award, a prestigious award given by the AAU for over 80 years.

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John Urschel - 84th James E. Sullivan Award Winner

John UrschelIn a ceremony at its national headquarters, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) announced Penn State Football Guard, John Urschel, as the 84th annual James E. Sullivan Award winner, honoring the nation's outstanding amateur athletes.

Presented annually since 1930, the AAU Sullivan Award is based on athletic ability and the traits of character, leadership, and sportsmanship.

Notable recipients of the AAU Sullivan Award include Mark Spitz, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Peyton Manning, Michael Phels, J. J. Redick, Tim Tebow, Shawn Johnson and last year's recipient, Missy Franklin.

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Known as the ” Oscar” of sports awards, and older than The Heisman,the AAU Sullivan Award honors theoutstanding amateur athlete in the United States. It has been presented annually by the AAU since 1930 as a salute to founder and past president of the Amateur Athletic Union, and a pioneer in amateur sports, James E. Sullivan. Based on the qualities of leadership, character, sportsmanship, and the ideals of amateurism, the AAU Sullivan Award goes far beyond athletic accomplishments and honors those who have shown strong moral character.