Jack Kelly Fair Play Award Nominations Being Sought

By Jane Puracchio Wojnarowsky | May 11, 2012, 3:47 p.m. (ET)

Trace Hansen, the USA Roller Sports AAC Representative – has asked that we provide our members with information on the Jack Kelly Fair Play Award. 

The Jack Kelly Fair Play Award was established by the United States Olympic Committee in 1985 to honor the late USOC President Jack Kelly Jr. The award is presented to an athlete, team, coach or official in recognition of an outstanding act of fair play and sportsmanship displayed during the past year.


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.


Nominees are now being sought for this distinguished honor, which will be officially presented during the 2012 U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Assembly in Colorado Springs, Colo., September 21, 2012. Please use the attached form to nominate a deserving individual from your organization for this award.  Nomination deadline is Monday, June 11, 2012.


Please contact me at 719-866-4989 or cindy.stinger@usoc.org if you have any questions about the nomination process or award. 


Trace notes that winners may be everyday people or students in ANY sport and it is not just given to elite level athletes.   Past winners included an adult table tennis player from Michigan for his sportsman-like actions at a state meet and a high school cross country runner who was trailing the entire race.  Near the finish the leader collapsed and being in second place at that time, she helped her up and helped her finish the race - even pushing her across the line first. She said she didn't feel right winning the race when she never would have won without the leader having an injury.  If you know someone who is deserving, please nominate them for this recognition.