About the Program

Created by the NCAS in 1987, National STUDENT-Athlete Day is celebrated annually on April 6th.  National STUDENT-Athlete Day was designed to honor the outstanding achievements of high school and college student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics, while having made significant contributions to their schools and communities.  Events celebrating the day can take place throughout the entire month or in conjunction with an event that is already in place. It has become one of America’s strongest endeavors promoting the positive virtues of sport and student-athletes as a whole, and the positive affect they both have on society.

  • More than 4.1 million student-athletes honored
  • In 2015, over 229,000 student-athletes honored
  • All student-athletes honored have achieved a 3.0+ GPA and are involved in outreach and community service.

 Request Award Certificates

Your institution can celebrate the outstanding achievements of its student-athletes on National STUDENT-Athlete Day in many ways, including presenting them with award certificates provided by the NCAS at no cost.

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Planning & Publicizing Your Event

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Giant Steps Awards

In conjunction with National STUDENT-Athlete Day, Giant Steps Awards are given on the national level in the categories of courageous student-athletes, coaches, civic leaders, barrier breakers and community organizations. Chosen by a national selection committee from hundreds of nominations received nationwide, these individuals exemplify the meaning of National STUDENT-Athlete Day. From 1995-1999, President William Jefferson Clinton honored Giant Steps Award winners with a private ceremony at the White House.

National STUDENT-Athlete Day is a program of the NCAS and is co-sponsored by the NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).