Dr. Donn C. Renwick, a Distance Learning Faculty member and former Dean at the Academy, left, presents Don Hooton with a Distinguished Service Award.

Don Hooton of Frisco, Texas, received a 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the United States Sports Academy for his work to raise awareness of high school students’ willingness to use anabolic steroids.

Hooton lost his 16-year-old son, Taylor, to suicide after a bout of depression after using the dangerous substances. That experience led him to establish the Taylor Hooton Foundation.

Hooton’s efforts inspired the Texas Senate to put into legislation mandatory steroid screening in Texas public schools.

Dr. Donn C. Renwick presented Hooton with his Distinguished Service Award in front of 100 people at the Taylor Hooton Foundation Golf Tournament.

The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is given annually to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to national or international sports through instruction, research or service. Each nominee must possess an extensive background in sports, meaning the individual has had significant dealings in instruction, research or service in sports for more than 10 years.

The Distinguished Service Award is separate from the Academy’s Awards of Sport and recipients also receive the coveted Order of the Eagle Exemplar for their achievements.