The Gatorade Player of the Year award was established in 1985 to recognize the nation’s most elite high school student-athletes for their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character.
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:
The Gatorade State Player of the Year award winners are evaluated and selected on the basis of three criteria:
Athletic Excellence - Standout performance in their respective sport made at the high school, club, national or international levels of competition.
Academic Achievement - Review of GPA and class rank, as well as SAT and ACT scores, and academic honors distinctions.
Exemplary Character - Commitment to sportsmanship, character and community through membership and participation in positive activities.
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After Gatorade State Player of the Year awards are announced, a Gatorade National Player of the Year is selected. Each sport’s pool of male and female state winners is evaluated further on the program’s three pillars – athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character. The twelve national winners selected represent the nation’s best all-around high school student-athletes. Of the national winners, one male and one female is recognized as the Gatorade Athlete of the Year.
Each year, a national voting panel consisting of sports journalists, coaches, prep-sports experts and analysts evaluate the twelve Gatorade National Player of the Year honorees. The male and female athletes receiving the highest rating from this panel are named Gatorade Athletes of the Year. The Athlete of the Year selections are based on athletics, academics and character. The Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year awards are presented in Los Angeles, California, at the Gatorade Athlete of the Year Awards prior to The ESPY Awards.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
All Gatorade state soccer players of the year (Fall & Spring) will be announced in June.