NEW YORK (April 17, 2018) - The 88th AAU James E. Sullivan Award was handed out during a ceremony at the New York Athletic Club April 17th, 2018.
Kyle Snyder, USA Wrestling and Ohio State Buckeye wrestling, took home this year's honors.
During the AAU Sullivan ceremony, the 2018 AAU Gussie Crawford Lifetime Achievement Award recipient was also recognized.
The AAU Gussie Crawford Lifetime Achievement Award was established to honor Gussie Crawford, 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. The inaugural recipient was Jesse Owens.
In its second year, the award was posthumously given to legendary multi-sport athlete Jim Thorpe. Considered one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports, he won Olympic gold medals in the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon.
(From left to right: Mike James, Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame rep, James Thorpe Kossakowski Jr.. Gussie Crawford, James Thorpe Kossakowski,)