Former Auburn All-American Bo Jackson was the Amateur Sportsman of the Year in 1985.

The United States Sports Academy has announced a new and improved way to submit nominations for its Athlete of the Month.

Beginning today, the Academy will utilize the power of Twitter, allowing sports fans around the world to nominate athletes for this monthly award. Nominations will begin the first day of each month and will continue throughout the entire month.

To submit a nomination, visit the Twitter Feed at, click ‘Tweet #aomnomination’ at the bottom, log in and submit your nomination. Your vote will instantly be added to our surveyed data. Also, submitters are encouraged to hash tag #aomnomination any time on your own Twitter app. Those without Twitter accounts can submit nominations at and use the email submission form.

“We are excited about the new process for selecting Athletes of the Month,” said Gid Rowell, Director of Communications. “The Athlete of the Month program has been a long-standing tradition of The Academy, and we believe opening the nominations up through Twitter will generate even more interest in the awards.”

After all nominations are received, a panel from the Academy’s faculty and staff will review submissions and determine a winner based on the performance and merits of nominees. Also, Academy officials welcome submitters to attach any links to your Tweet that may help us in the decision-making process.

The Academy’s Athlete of the Month program is a long-standing program dating back to 1984. Each month, the Academy selects a male and female Athlete of the Month, who then becomes eligible to be named the Athlete of the Year at year’s end. The Athlete of the Year is recognized at the Awards of Sport Ceremony annually in November.

Before the current process, the faculty and staff at the Academy submitted nominations each month, and the voting was open to the public.

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