Creating a recognition program to honor athletes for a number of athletic achievements is
easy with the buy-in from school administrators, athletic directors or association
sponsors. Recognition programs are designed to award all types of athletes from the star
quarterback and head coach to the dedicated team manager and water boy. Since there are a
number of people who contribute to the success, camaraderie and organization of a team,
your award program should include categories/honors to acknowledge the various
contributions of team members. The most important element is to create a program that
allow the individuals nominated to receive that important moment of recognition and to
fully realize the value of their accomplishments. The following recommendations will
contribute greatly to making this a meaningful recognition program:
Promote the meaning of the award prior to the program and throughout the school year
(i.e., what does it mean to be an "Achievement Medallion Award recipient?") This will lend
credibility and prestige to the award.
- Establish rules, which define the theory or conditions of the award.
- Establish selection criteria and procedures.
- Plan the calendar which specifies the time frame of the awards procedures.
- Determine your budget, which specifies the financial frame of the awards procedures.
- Create a program that allows for the recognition of many - star athlete, most dedicated, most improved, head or assistant coach, team captain, etc.
Decide what type of award the recipients will receive - medallions, ribbons, trophies,
plaques, and certificates.
Invite the parents/guardians of the student to attend the ceremony.
Invite the nominating faculty/athletic staff member to the ceremony to read the nomination
of his/her student.
Invite team members to the ceremony in support of the nominee.
Award each student with the custom award or a personal note and a copy of the nomination
from the faculty or staff member as tangible mementos of their recognition.
Offer constructive criticism to help refine and improve the program on a yearly basis.