Past Winners

Kathryn Plummer, 89th Annual AAU Sullivan Award Winner

Kathryn Plummer, 89th Annual AAU Sullivan Award Winner

Sport: Volleyball

Hometown: Long Beach, California

Biography: Kathryn is the second volleyball named as a AAU Sullivan Award recipient

Plummer is the second-ever volleyball player to take home the award after Wisconsin’s Lauren Carlini won the 87th. She beat out other top amateur athletes including Mikaela Foecke (volleyball), Rachel Garcia (softball), Townley Haas (swimming), Aleia Hobbs (track & field), Morgan Hurd (gymnastics), Luke Maye (basketball) and McKenzie Milton (football).” His win gave USA Wrestling the World Team title – its first in 22 years. Snyder won the U.S. Senior Open and U.S. World Team Trials in 2017.

Two-time NCAA National Champion, Plummer garnered several Player of the Year honors, including ESPNW, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), Volleyball.mag, Pac-12 and the AVCA Pacific North Region. She also was selected as The Honda Sports Award Winner for Volleyball and named to the AVCA All-America First Team, All-America First Team, AVCA All-Pacific North Region First Team, All-Pac-12 Conference First Team. This past year, she was appointed to the NCAA All-Tournament Team, along with being named the Co-MVP for the tournament.


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Known as the "Oscar" of sports awards and older than The Heisman, the AAU Sullivan Award honors the outstanding 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 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.


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