We expect more from our athletes, that’s why the Gatorade Player of the Year program recognizes the nation’s most outstanding high school student-athletes for their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character. That’s what makes this award the most prestigious honor in High School sports.
In each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, one GATORADE STATE HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE YEAR is chosen in each of the following sports:
IN EACH OF THE TWELVE SPORTS, ONE STUDENT-ATHLETE WILL BE RECOGNIZED AS THE BEST IN THE STATE BASED ON ATHLETICS, ACADEMICS AND CHARACTER.
IN EACH OF THE TWELVE SPORTS, THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT-ATHLETES IN THE NATION ARE RECOGNIZED AS THE GATORADE NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR.
ONE MALE AND ONE FEMALE ARE CHOSEN FROM THE TWELVE NATIONAL WINNERS, AND NAMED GATORADE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR. ONE OF THE MOST PRESTIGOUS AWARDS IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS.