The United States Sports Academy is asking the world to help nominate its Male and Female Athletes of the Month and, ultimately, the Athletes of the Year.

Beginning in February, sports fans around the world are asked to nominate the athletes they think are deserving of the Athlete of the Month award. Submissions will then be presented to an internal committee, which will decide on six male and female candidates each month for the final ballot, which will be posted on the Academy’s website. The world can then vote at large for a period of one week. Winners will be announced on our website each month and in the online edition of the Academy Update.

People who nominate athletes are asked to provide the name, sport, country and a short description on why their particular athlete should be considered.

Balloting for the Academy’s 2009 Athlete of the Year was an international success. More than 2 million votes were cast in December 2009 thanks to the help of the websites of USA Today and NBC Sports. The winners were boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and pole vaulter Yelena Isinbaeva of Russia.

Athlete of the Month Nomination