The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for August. Following the selection committee’s meeting, a total of 12 candidates – six male, six female – from seven different countries comprise the list. The original pool of those nominated was 39 before getting pared down by a vote from a panel of the Academy’s faculty and staff.

Male candidates include Usain Bolt, Track and Field, Jamaica; Jason Day, Golf, Australia; Ashton Eaton, Track and Field, United States; Mo Farah, Running, UK; Mike Fiers, Baseball, United States; and Michael Phelps, Swimming, United States.

Female candidates include Almaz Ayana, Track and Field, Ethiopia; Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Track and Field, Jamaica; Katie Ledecky, Swimming, United States; Ronda Rousey, MMA, United States; Sarah Sjoestrom, Swimming, Sweden; and Anita Wlodrarczyk, Track and Field, Poland.

One male and one female will be chosen the winners as decided by the public. So, feel free to cast your vote today on our website, and encourage your friends to do the same. The full ballot is listed on the website along with bios of what each athlete accomplished during the month. Voting will go until next week.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, special-mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, visit