The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for June and public voting is in progress.  Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates – six male and six female – from five countries comprise the list.AOM-2016

One male and one female are voted monthly winners by the public and they then become candidates for the Academy’s prestigious Athlete of the Year award.  Everyone is encouraged to cast a vote on the Academy’s website at and have friends do the same. The full ballot is listed along with bios of what each athlete accomplished during the month. Voting will continue until 15 July 2016.

Male nominees are Andrew Beckwith, baseball, United States; Novak Djokovic, tennis, Serbia; Lebron James, basketball, United States; Dustin Johnson, golf, United States; Jarrion Lawson, track and field, United States; and Sam Mikulak, gymnastics, United States.

Female nominees are Brooke Henderson, golf, Canada; Garbine Muguruza, tennis, Spain; Keturah Orji, track and field, United States; Dominique Scott, track and field, United States; Caster Semenya, track and field, South Africa; and Ariana Washington, track and field, United States.

This is the 32nd year of the Academy’s Athlete of the Year program, part of the institution’s annual Awards of Sport program.  Each month, the public is invited to participate by nominating and voting for the male and female Athletes of the Month on the Academy’s website.  Monthly winners become eligible for the prestigious Athlete of the Year honor, which is selected at year