Serena Williams and Madison Bumgarner Voted October Athletes of the Month

DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Professional tennis player, Serena Williams, and San Francisco Giants’ pitcher, Madison Bumgarner, were chosen as the United States Sports Academy’s October 2014 Athletes of the Month.

Williams defeated Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 to win the Women’s Tennis Association Finals in Singapore during October 17-26, 2014. She captured her third successive title and fifth overall win during this season-ending championship. Bumgarner earned the National League Champion Series (NLCS) MVP award, the first Giants pitcher to do so, after pitching a Game One shutout and eight solid innings during Game Five. In addition, he pitched five scoreless innings during Game Seven, also earning himself the World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP). Throughout the series, he allowed nine hits, one run and one walk in 21 total innings. Bumgarner also struck out 17 batters and finished with an era of .43.

The runner-up to Williams in the female division is Marathon runner Esther Erb, who won the women’s USA Track and Field Marathon Championship hosted by the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Erb finished with the winning time of 2 hours and 34 minutes.

Professional football player and Denver Broncos quarterback, Peyton Manning, surpassed former Green Bay Packers quarterback, Brett Favre, in touchdown passes, earning himself second place in the male division. Manning has 510 touchdown passes and counting as of Sunday, October 20, 2014.

Third place October recipients are professional tennis player, Maria Sharapova, in the female category and professional tennis player, Roger Federer, in the men’s category.

Sharapova captured her first women’s China Open Title by defeating Petra Kvitova 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 on Sunday, October 5, 2014, in Beijing, China.

Federer defeated Gilles Simon 7-6 (6), 7-6 (2) to capture the 2014 Shanghai Rolex Masters Title on Sunday, October 12, 2014, in Shanghai, China. Additionally, Federer won the Swiss Indoor Title 6-2, 6-2 by defeating David Goffin in straight sets on Sunday, October 26, 2014, in Basel, Switzerland.

Williams and Federer are now eligible for the Academy’s male and female 2014 Athlete of the Year Award. For the 30th consecutive year, the Academy will oversee the worldwide online voting that will take place in December.

The public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month nomination and ballot voting processes. Visit the Academy website at to submit your nominations each month, and then return to the website during the first two weeks of each month to vote for the male and female Athletes of the Month. The votes along with an Academy committee choose the winners who become candidates for the Athlete of the Year. The monthly and yearly winners are announced on the Academy’s website and in the sports university’s online edition of The Sport Update.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, 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, call 251-626-3303 or visit