The Jack Kelly Fair Play Award was established by the United States Olympic Committee in 1985 to honor the late USOC President and Olympic medalist John B. “Jack” Kelly, Jr. The honor is awarded annually to an athlete, team, coach or official in recognition of an outstanding act of fair play and sportsmanship displayed during the past year. The award is now presented by Kelly's wife, Sandra Kelly.
Fair play can be described as an athlete who is dedicated to playing fair, obeys the rules, and upholds the spirit of the game. Sportsmanship is an athlete whose conduct and attitude demonstrate gracious behavior before, during, and after competition.
In addition to being a past president of the USOC, Kelly was an Olympic bronze medalist in single scull rowing in 1956 and an eight-time U.S. National Champion. He was awarded the James E. Sullivan Award for the top amateur U.S. athlete in 1947. He was the son of another famous Olympian, rowing triple gold medalist John B. Kelly, as well as brother to Princess Grace Kelly. Jack Kelly passed away in 1985.
The USOC is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Jack Kelly Fair Play Award. The deadline for all nominations is Monday, June 17, 2013.
2013 Jack Kelly Fair Play Award nomination form
Past Award Recipients
1985 Kandi Amelon and Alec Binnie; Athletes, Figure skating
1986 Judy Caunter; Athlete, Cycling
1987 Cleveland Stroud; High School Coach, Basketball
1988 Mike DeCicco; University of Notre Dame Coach, Fencing
1989 Richard A. Weiss; Athlete, Canoe/Kayak
1990 Ashley Davenport, Tanya Giarnella, Maya Mylroie, Lexie Riley;
U.S. Olympic Festival East Women's Road Team, Cycling
1992 Michelle Manus; High School Cross-country Runner, Athletics
1993 Cathy O'Brien; 1988 and '92 Olympic Marathoner, Athletics
1994 Kristen Talbot; 1984, '88 and '94 Olympian, Speedskating
1995 *Fred Lebow; Former President and CEO of the New York Road Runners Club
1996 *Col. F. Don Miller; Former USOC Executive Director and USOF President
1996 *Scott Shipley; U.S. Olympic Whitewater Canoe/Kayaker, Canoe/Kayak
1997 Jackie Joyner-Kersee; Athlete, Track & Field, Four-Time Olympian (1984, 88, 92, 96)
1998 Lance Armstrong; Athlete, Cycling, Three-Time Olympian (1992, 96, 2000)
1999 Michele Akers; Athlete, Soccer, 1996 Olympian
2003 Laura Kraut; Athlete, Equestrian, 1992 & 2000 Olympian
2005 Erin Mirabella; Athlete, Cyclilng, 2000 & 2004 Olympian
2006 Ash Nelson; Athlete, Curling, 2006 Wisconsin State Junior Champion
2008 Central Washington University Women’s Softball Team
2009 Regina Jaquess; Athlete, Water Ski, National and World Champion
2010 Steve Pupel; Athlete, Table Tennis
2011 Jenna Huff; ; Athlete, Track & Field
2012 Meghan Vogel; Athlete, Track & Field
2013 Adam Krikorian; U.S. Olympic Women's Water Polo Team head coach
* Awarded posthumously