The AAU Gussie Crawford Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented annually at the AAU James E. Sullivan Award ceremony, was established to honor Gussie Crawford, voted the first female president of AAU, as a trailblazer in amateur sports. The award is intended to recognize those athletes whose efforts, both on and off their playing surface on the national or international stage, have paved the way for great change in amateur sports.
Jim Thorpe, legendary multi-sport athlete took home the honors for his contributions to amateur sports.
The award was accepted in a remote video presentation by his son Bill Thorpe and on-site by his great-grandson and great-great grandson at a ceremony during the presentation of the AAU James E. Sullivan Award Ceremony, April 17, 2018 at the New York Athletic Club.
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Jesse Owens, track and field legend, for his lasting impact on amateur sports
The award was accepted on the family’s behalf by his granddaughter, Gina Hemphill-Strachan, during the presentation of the AAU James E. Sullivan Award Ceremony, April 11, 2017 at the New York Athletic Club.