Gatorade Athlete of the Year Awards
In 1985, The Gatorade Company established an award with an important goal: to honor America’s elite high school athletes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since then, the Gatorade Player of the Year program has become one of the most prestigious high school athletic awards in the nation.
For 30 years, Gatorade has honored more than 14,000 State Players of the Year and 280 National Players of the Year. That list includes many of today’s top professional athletes, such as Peyton Manning, Lisa Leslie, Kevin Love, Maya Moore, Kerri Walsh, Derek Jeter and Joe Mauer. Gatorade has recognized National Players of the Year in football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field. In addition to athletic excellence, the Gatorade Player of the Year award’s criteria includes recognition of academic achievement and exemplary character.
In 2002-03, Gatorade expanded the award program to include a year-end event bringing together its 12 National Players of the Year and naming one male and one female as the top high school athletes in the country – the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year. The 2014-15 event marked the award’s 13th annual ceremony.
Former winners of the Gatorade Athlete of the Year award include:
2003 - LeBron James (Male / Basketball) and Allyson Felix (Female / Track & Field)
2004 - Dwight Howard (Male / Basketball) and Candace Parker (Female / Basketball)
2005 - Greg Paulus (Male / Football) and Cynthia Barboza (Female / Volleyball)
2006 - Greg Oden (Male / Basketball) and Tina Charles (Female / Basketball)
2007 - Kevin Love (Male / Basketball) and Maya Moore (Female / Basketball)
2008 - Matt Barkley (Male / Football) and Chanelle Price (Female / Track & Field)
2009 – Garrett Gilbert (Male / Football) and Skylar Diggins (Female / Basketball)
2010 – Brandon Knight (Male / Basketball) and Chiney Ogwumike (Female / Basketball)
2011 – Dylan Bundy (Male / Baseball) and Morgan Brian (Female / Soccer)
2012 – Johnathan Gray (Male / Football) and Breanna Stewart (Female / Basketball)
2013 – Andrew Wiggins (Male / Basketball) and Morgan Andrews (Female / Soccer)
2014 – Karl Towns Jr. (Male / Basketball) and Brianna Turner (Female / Basketball)
2015 - Kyler Murray (Male / Football) and Candace Hill (Female / Track & Field)
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