The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for May. Following the selection committee’s meeting, a total of 12 candidates – six male, six female – from eight different countries comprise the list.

The original pool of those nominated was 40 before getting pared down by a vote from a panel of the Academy’s faculty and staff. The list includes LeBron James, the basketball superstar from the United States, and record-setting golf sensation Inbee Park from South Korea.

Other male candidates are: Bryce Harper, baseball, United States; Patrick Kane, hockey, United States; Floyd Mayweather Jr., boxing, United States; Renaud Lavillenie, track and field, France; and Juan Pablo Montoya, racing driver, Columbia.

Other female candidates are: Minjee Lee, golf, Australia; Ding Ning, table tennis, China; Betsy Saina, track and field, Kenya; Jasmin Stowers, track and field, United States; and Genzebe Dibaba, track and field, Ethiopia.

One male and one female will be chosen the winners as decided by the public. Everyone is encouraged to cast their vote today on the Academy’s website,, and encourage their friends to do the same. The full ballot is listed, along with bios of what each athlete accomplished during the month of May. Voting will continue until next week, June 12 2015.

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