By Craig Harkins. Fencing.Net
Alexander Massialas had his exploits in Korea honored by USA Today this week. Massialas was named the USA TODAY’s Olympic Athlete of the Week following his 3rd place finish at the SK Telecom Men’s Foil World Cup in Seoul, Korea.
The AAU Sullivan Award is one of the most prestigious awards an amateur athlete can win (think Oscars for amateur athletes) and it is held annually at the New York Athletic Club. It has been won by the likes of Shawn Johnson, Michael Phelps, Sarah Hughes amongst others.
Last year, I was honored to be asked to host the award show and I’m very excited that I’ve been asked back! This year’s nominees include Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton amongst others and the award will be given at the ceremony held on March 14 at the NYAC.
You can vote for the finalists at the USA Today website linked below and read more about all the semi-finalists!
2010 AAU Sullivan Award Semi-Finalists
|The AAU Sullivan Committee is proud to announce the 2010 AAU Sullivan Award Semi-finalists.
These twelve outstanding athletes give it their all on and off the field or court. They have talent, leadership, character and sportsmanship; they have what it takes to be America’s top Amateur Athlete. Learn more about these individuals through his/her biographies, and then go online to vote at USA Today for your choice to be honored with the 81st Annual AAU Sullivan Award. Vote today online at USA Today by clicking here.
I’m very excited to have been selected as the master of ceremony for this years 80th annual AAU Sullivan Awards honoring our country’s most outstanding amateur athletes. Past award winners have included, Tim Tebow, Sarah Hughes, Paul Hamm and Michael Phelps.
This years finalists are Clint Moore, Amy Pamiero-Winters, Megan Hodge, Erin Hamlin, Angela Blizzari and Zak Boggs. The top 14 nominees were selected from submissions to the AAU Sullivan Committee. Then America voted for their favorite athlete online at USA Today combined with ballots from National Governing Bodies’, Members of the Media and D1 Sports Information Directors. (Athlete Bios for 2009 Finalists: http://aausullivan.com/nominate.html)
The winner will be announced on April 14th at the ceremony taking place at the New York Athletic Club. The event will include an autograph session with the athletes from 5:30-6:30pm, buffet and beverages from 6pm-7pm and then the award ceremony starting at 7:15pm with Olympic Figure Skating Champion Sarah Hughes presenting the winner with their award.
You can purchase tickets at: http://aausullivan.com/dinnerreg.html
The AAU Sullivan Awards
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.
Today, the picture of Obama fencing with me appeared in the NY Post, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, USA Today, LA Times and countless other newspapers both print and online…(I got 500 emails today from around the world! Crazy!)
But, I have to say that making it onto the TMZ site was very cool! TMZ’s crack staff found something a lot of people missed in the picture!!!
A guy picking his nose in the background! Whoops! (I was glad to play a supporting role in this picture!)
Here’s how they reported it: http://www.tmz.com/2009/09/17/oba-ma-kenobi-senses-disturbance-in-the-force/
After giving my Olympic Presentation to the NY Amateur Sports Alliance (Thank guys!) I stopped by downstairs and caught the tail-end of the award ceremony of 79th Annual AAU Sullivan Awards Honoring Americas Top Amateur Athletes.
They gave awards to Shawn Johnson, Tyler Hansbrough and others based on voting on a USA Today Poll. Great event!
Special shout out to all the Dancing with the Stars and Shawn Johnson fans whom found my blog seconds after I posted last time! (I’m definitely rooting for my Olympic Teammate Shawn J. to go all the way!)
Hope you enjoy the pics and check out the sport of fencing soon! (We have cool footwork also!)