Nominations Open for Positive Athlete Georgia Award

The nominations window for the 2015-16 Positive Athlete Georgia program is now officially open.  From now until March 15th, 2016, Positive Athlete will be accepting nominations for positive high school athletes in any grade, in any sport, from any public or private school in the state of Georgia.

This is the third year of a program developed with the help of former Forest Park High School, University of Georgia, and Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward.

“We’re not putting out a search for the best athletes in Georgia,” said Hines Ward, “We’re searching for kids with positive attitudes whose efforts don’t necessarily show up on the stat sheets.  These kids are also positive role models in their schools who get involved in charitable causes, have already learned the meaning of giving back at an early age, and many have overcome difficult circumstances and remained positive”. 

Nominating a student athlete takes less than 10 minutes to do, and creates and opportunity for a student-athlete have something on his/her resume or job application even if they do not win an award. Nominations can only be submitted through the Positive Athlete GA Website via the online nominations form.  Website:

There is no cost to nominate a Positive Athlete in Georgia. Last year over 2,000 student-athletes and coaches were nominated from over 150 high schools in 35 counties. Over $10,000 in college scholarship money and additional opportunities for the nominees will be available for the most qualified nominees, especially those nominated early. There will be regional awards programs in the Spring to honor student-athletes throughout the state, and the state-wide award winners are honored at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta in June. 

“This is just an incredible opportunity to celebrate the great things our student-athletes are doing”, said Fulton County Athletic Director Dr. Steven Craft.  “Too many times we only hear the negative things about high school sports, so anytime we can celebrate the positive we jump at the chance”.

“It’s a great program”, said Cobb County Athletic Director Steve Jones. “We can honor athletes who may or may not be the best athletes, but they are the best people”.

If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact Positive Athlete’s Director of Partnerships & Programming, Ryan Pederson at

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