The SPRTER College Impact Awards
We believe that sporters have the power to change the world.
The SPRTER College Impact Awards (formerly Athlete CRUSH College Impact Awards) recognize collegiate SPRTERS (student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and sports business professors and students – all those who contribute to the world of collegiate sports) from across the US and Canada who have displayed acts of selflessness worth sharing. Sharing these stories, accomplishments, and positive acts is key to prompting action from others. We want to start a movement where SPRTERs use their platform and their positions to do good.
The idea for the College Impact Awards started when we realized the lack of recognition for collegiate SPRTERs doing good. When it comes to philanthropy and charitable acts, everyone thinks of building schools and donating heaps of money. However, we think that there is so much more to it. The awards previously just focused on student-athletes, but we have recently broadened our focus to all those within the collegiate sports system (student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and sports business professors and students).
As SPRTER team member and ex-collegiate athlete Joonas recalls: “During my college days, I remember giving a t-shirt to a local neighbor and even signing my name on it. He smiled, told me he would sell it on eBay for a fortune when I become famous, and wore it regularly.”
Something as small as giving away a t-shirt, carrying someone’s groceries up the stairs, or volunteering an hour or two is making someone’s day and therefore the world a better place. There are many ways collegiate SPRTERs make a difference and we want to highlight them through the College Impact Awards.
You can nominate yourself or someone else for the College Impact Awards by submitting your story at the bottom of this page!
College Impact Award recipients will have made a significant impact on the university, the community, or any others contribution to the world around them, through outstanding dedication, competence, selflessness, or leadership, as demonstrated by one or more of the following:
Community Champion Award
Besides receiving a flashy plaque, each winner can nominate a cause or specific charity to which SPRTER will donate $136 in his/her name.
Why $136? Glad you asked. We have 1 goal = Make the world a better place, then there are 3 awards, and the 6 represents the letters in our name SPRTER, which are the letters that the terms Sporters and Supporters share – the two groups that make the world of sport so special.
Meet the Selection Committee
Nicole "Nicky" Nieves
Who can nominate?
Any current/former teammate, friend, student, coach, team staff member, professor or school administrator can submit nominations. Parents and siblings are encouraged to submit too! Self-nominations will be accepted and all nominations will be confidential.
Who is eligible?
The awards are limited to those students, coaches, faculty, and administrators who have been active in the collegiate realm during the 2020/21 academic year. We accept applications from any division, sport, conference or college/university in the US or Canada.
Click here for the evaluation criteria
How to nominate?
Simply fill out the submission form below. The story can be max. 173 words and you can include up to 3 photos of the nominee (photos are strongly encouraged). Please include social media handles as well. If you have any supporting documentation, please send it to email@example.com.
Submission Deadline: June 13th
Finalists shortlisted: June 27th
Winners announced: July 11th