The first Athlete of the Year award in the United States was initiated by the Associated Press (AP) in 1931. At a time when women in sports were not given the same recognition as men, the AP offered a male and a female athlete of the year award to either a professional or amateur athlete. The awards are voted on annually by a panel of AP sports editors from across the United States. A large majority of the winners have been Americans. However, non-Americans are also eligible for the honor, and have won on a few occasions.
Athlete of the Year is an award given by various sports organizations for the athlete whom they have determined to be deserving of such recognition.
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe, which is 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City. Most of the country is located contiguously in North America between Canada and Mexico.
The Associated Press (AP) is a U.S.-based not-for-profit news agency headquartered in New York City. Founded in 1846, it operates as a cooperative, unincorporated association. Its members are U.S. newspapers and broadcasters.
|1931||Major League Baseball||Swimming|
|1932||PGA golf||Track and field|
|1933||Major League Baseball||Tennis|
|1934||Major League Baseball||Golf|
|1936||Track and field||Track and field|
|1941||Major League Baseball||Golf|
|1943||Track and field||Golf|
|1948||Major League Baseball||Track and field|
|1950||Major League Baseball||LPGA golf|
|1952||Track and field||Tennis|
|1954||Major League Baseball||LPGA golf|
|1955||College football||LPGA golf|
|1956||Major League Baseball||Diving|
|1957||Major League Baseball||Tennis|
|1958||Track and field||Tennis|
|1960||Track and field||Track and field|
|1961||Major League Baseball||Track and field|
|1962||Major League Baseball||Swimming|
|1963||Major League Baseball||LPGA golf|
|1965||Major League Baseball||LPGA golf|
|1966||Major League Baseball||LPGA golf|
|1967||Major League Baseball||Tennis|
|1968||Major League Baseball||Figure skating|
|1969||Major League Baseball||Swimming|
|1970||National Football League||Track and field|
|1973||National Football League||Tennis|
|1975||Major League Baseball||Tennis|
|1976||Track and field||Gymnastics|
|1978||Major League Baseball||LPGA golf|
|1979||Major League Baseball||Tennis|
|1982||National Hockey League||Track and field|
|1983||Track and field||Tennis|
|1984||Track and field||Gymnastics|
|1985||Major League Baseball||LPGA golf|
|1986||National Basketball Association||Tennis|
|1987||Track and field||Track and field|
|1988||Major League Baseball||Track and field|
|1989||National Football League||Tennis|
|1990||National Football League||LPGA golf|
|1991||National Basketball Association||Tennis|
|1992||National Basketball Association||Tennis|
|1993||National Basketball Association||College basketball|
|1995||Major League Baseball||College basketball|
|1996||Track and field||Swimming|
|1997||PGA Tour golf||Tennis|
|1998||Major League Baseball||LPGA golf|
|1999||PGA Tour golf||Soccer|
|2000||PGA Tour golf||Track and field|
|2001||Major League Baseball||Tennis|
|2006||PGA Tour golf||LPGA golf|
|2007||National Football League||LPGA golf|
|2008||Swimming||Women's National Basketball Association|
|2010||National Football League||Skiing|
|2011||National Football League||Soccer|
|2013||National Basketball Association||Tennis|
|2014||Major League Baseball||Little League baseball|
|2015||National Basketball Association||Tennis|
|2016||National Basketball Association||Gymnastics|
|2017||Major League Baseball||Swimming|
|2018||National Basketball Association||Tennis|
The GNU Free Documentation License is a copyleft license for free documentation, designed by the Free Software Foundation (FSF) for the GNU Project. It is similar to the GNU General Public License, giving readers the rights to copy, redistribute, and modify a work and requires all copies and derivatives to be available under the same license. Copies may also be sold commercially, but, if produced in larger quantities, the original document or source code must be made available to the work's recipient.
LeBron Raymone James Sr. is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is regarded by some as the greatest player of all time. His accomplishments include three NBA championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, and two Olympic gold medals. James has appeared in fifteen NBA All-Star Games and been named NBA All-Star MVP three times. He won the 2008 NBA scoring title, is the all-time NBA playoffs scoring leader, and is fourth in all-time career points scored. He has been voted onto the All-NBA First Team twelve times and the All-Defensive First Team five times.
Since its inception in 1954, Sports Illustrated magazine has annually presented the Sportsperson of the Year award to "the athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement." Both Americans and non-Americans are eligible, though in the past the vast majority of winners have been from the United States. Both men and women have won the award, originally called "Sportsman of the Year" and renamed "Sportswoman of the Year" or "Sportswomen of the Year" when applicable; it is currently known as "Sportsperson of the Year."
The Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award (DPOY) is given by the Associated Press (AP) to the most outstanding defensive player in the National Football League (NFL) at the end of every season. It has been rewarded since 1971. The winner is decided by votes from a panel of 50 AP sportswriters who regularly cover the NFL. Since 2011, the award has been presented at the annual NFL Honors ceremony the day before the Super Bowl, along with other AP awards, such as the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award, AP NFL Most Valuable Player Award, and AP NFL Rookie of the Year Award.
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Kevin Wesley Love is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a five-time All-Star and won an NBA championship with the Cavaliers in 2016. He was also a member of the gold medal-winning USA men's national team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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The Best Female Athlete ESPY Award, known alternatively as the Outstanding Female Athlete ESPY Award, has been presented annually at the ESPY Awards since 1993 to the female voted to be, irrespective of nationality or sport contested, the best athlete in a given calendar year. Between 1993 and 2004, the award voting panel comprised variously of fans; sportswriters and broadcasters, sports executives, and retired sportspersons, termed collectively experts; and ESPN personalities, but balloting thereafter has been exclusively by fans over the Internet from amongst choices selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee. Through the 2001 iteration of the ESPY Awards, ceremonies were conducted in February of each year to honor achievements over the previous calendar year; awards presented thereafter are conferred in June and reflect performance from the June previous.
The Best Male Athlete ESPY Award, known alternatively as the Outstanding Male Athlete ESPY Award, has been presented annually at the ESPY Awards since 1993 to the male voted irrespective of nationality or sport contested, adjudged to be the best athlete in a given calendar year. Between 1993 and 2004, the award voting panel comprised variously fans; sportswriters and broadcasters, sports executives, and retired sportspersons, termed collectively experts; and ESPN personalities, but balloting thereafter has been exclusively by fans over the Internet from amongst choices selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee. Through the 2001 iteration of the ESPY Awards, ceremonies were conducted in February of each year to honor achievements over the previous calendar year; awards presented thereafter are conferred in June or July and reflect performance from the June previous.
The Best Male College Athlete ESPY Award was an annual award honoring the achievements of a male individual from the world of collegiate sports. It was first presented as part of the ESPY Awards in 2002, following the subsumption of the Best College Football Player and Best Male College Basketball Player ESPY Awards, each of which Best Male College Basketball Player ESPY Award were presented annually between 1993 and 2001, inclusive. The Best Male College Athlete ESPY Award trophy, designed by sculptor Lawrence Nowlan, was awarded to the sportsman adjudged to be the best in a given calendar year of those contesting collegiate sport in the United States through the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
The Best Female College Athlete ESPY Award was an annual award honoring the achievements of a female individual from the world of collegiate sports. It was first presented as part of the ESPY Awards in 2002, following the subsumption of the Best Female College Basketball Player ESPY Award, which was presented annually between the 1993 and 2001 ceremonies, inclusive. The Best Female College Athlete ESPY Award trophy, designed by sculptor Lawrence Nowlan, was awarded to the sportswoman adjudged to be the best in a given calendar year of those contesting collegiate sport in the United States through the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Since the 2004 awards, the winner was chosen by online voting through three to five nominees selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee. Before that, determination of the winners was made by an panel of experts. Through the 2001 iteration of the ESPY Awards, ceremonies were conducted in February of each year to honor achievements over the previous calendar year; awards presented thereafter are conferred in July and reflect performance from the June previous.
The Best Female Action Sports Athlete ESPY Award is an annual award honoring the achievements of a female athlete from the world of action sports. It was first awarded as part of the ESPY Awards in 2004 after the non-gender-specific Best Action Sports Athlete ESPY Award was presented the previous two years. It is given to the female, irrespective of nationality or sport contested, adjudged to be the best action sports athlete in a given calendar year. Balloting for the award is undertaken by fans over the Internet from between three and five choices selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee, which is composed of a panel of experts. It is conferred in July to reflect performance and achievement over the preceding twelve months.
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