Awards Description

National Awards

NFHS Citation

This award is presented to individuals associated with categories of professionals who have made significant contributions to the NFHS and/or other national organizations that have impacted high school activities. Among the factors which may be considered are:
-Individual has a long-standing and distinguished record of involvement with high school activities programs at the local and state levels.
-Service to OHSAA and/or OIAAA (board positions held, committees, tournament management, etc.) -Service to NFHS and/or NIAAA (positions held, committees, conference participation, i.e., speaker, president, delegate, committee, articles published, etc.)
-Individual is recognized as among the best in their profession by their colleagues.
Each District is permitted to nominate one person from their area and the Executive Committee will choose one nominee to be honored. The nominee must be a member of OIAAA, NIAAA, and their local district by no later than October 31 during the school year in which they have been nominated..

NIAAA State Award of Merit

This award is presented on an annual basis to an NIAAA member in each state in recognition of meritorious service, leadership and special contributions to interscholastic athletics at the local and state level. Each District is permitted to nominate one person from their area and the Executive Committee will choose one nominee to be honored. The nominee must be a member of OIAAA, NIAAA, and their local district by no later than October 31 during the school year in which they have been nominated.

NIAAA Distinguished Service Award

This award is presented to an association member each year in recognition of their length of service, special accomplishments and contributions to athletic administration at the local, state and national levels. Each District is permitted, but not required to nominate one worthy individual from their organization, and the Executive Committee will choose one nominee to be honored.

NIAAA Frank Kovaleski Professional Development Award

This award is presented annually to a recipient who most possesses and has contributed to the vision of Professional Development – the legacy of Frank Kovaleski. Frank was instrumental in the creation of the Leadership Training Program of the NIAAA. The Frank Kovaleski Award is presented annually to an NIAAA member who has made significant contributions and demonstrated excellence in the area of professional development at both the state and national levels. Each District is permitted to nominate one person from their area and the Executive Committee will choose one nominee to be honored. The nominee must be a member of OIAAA, NIAAA, and their local district by no later than October 31 during the school year in which they have been nominated.

State Awards

OIAAA Meritorious Service

This award will be given in recognition of special contributions, leadership and service to interscholastic athletics in Ohio at the local, district and state levels. Each District is permitted to nominate one person from their area and the Executive Committee will choose one nominee to be honored. The nominee must be a member of OIAAA, and their local district by no later than October 31 during the school year in which they have been nominated.

OIAAA Citation

This award recognizes exceptional time, effort, and energy devoted to the OIAAA. Each District is permitted to nominate one person from their area and the Executive Committee will choose one nominee to be honored. The nominee must be a member of OIAAA, and their local district by no later than October 31 during the school year in which they have been nominated.

OIAAA/SWOADA Athletic Administrator(s) of the Year

The purpose of this award is to give recognition to athletic administrators who exemplify the highest standards of their profession and who, through their influence on the lives of the young people under their direction, have made significant contributions to their schools and communities. The candidate shall be an athletic administrator who is recognized in the community as an educational leader and who maintains athletics as an integral part of the total education program. He/she shall administer an exemplary athletic program making full use of school and community resources and involving as many students as possible. Each District is permitted to nominate up to a predetermined number based on OIAAA memberships from their district, and the Executive Committee will honor those nominees as the Athletic Administrators of the Year. The nominee must be a member of OIAAA and their local district by no later than October 31 during the school year in which they have been nominated.

OIAAA/SWOADA Hall of Fame

This honor is bestowed upon an active or retired athletic administrator in recognition of their special accomplishments and contributions at the local and/or state levels. Length of service should not necessarily be a deciding factor when choosing a candidate for this honor. Each District is permitted to nominate up to a predetermined number based on OIAAA memberships from their district, and the Executive Committee will honor those nominees as Hall of Fame Inductees. If the nominee is an active athletic administrator, they must be a member of OIAAA, and their local district by no later than October 31 during the school year in which they have been nominated. If the nominee is a retired athletic administrator, the OIAAA Treasurer or his designee must verify that the individual had been an OIAAA member at some point during their career.

SWOADA AWARDS

SWOADA Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Award

The OHSAA Board of Directors has approved the establishment of a Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity award to be given annually to an Athletic Administrator. This award is not to be an administrator of the year award. Rather, it is an opportunity to honor a colleague who reflects the highest degree of professional conduct. This person should be: 1. A person who is a positive role model for others. 2. A person who exemplifies an unwavering commitment to good sportsmanship. 3. A person who reflects a high level of ethics and integrity in carrying out all professional responsibilities. 4. A person who teaches positive values by words and deeds. 5. A person who, for a number of years, has faithfully served the youth of Ohio.

Horizon Award

The Southwest District will present this award each year to an active Athletic Administrator who is in their first five (5) years in the profession. This person must have demonstrated clear signs of professionalism and involvement, and has made a difference at their school, and/or within their conference.

Middle School Athletic Administrator of the Year

This award will be given to a Middle School Athletic Director (Grades 7-8) in recognition of service, leadership and involvement with interscholastic athletics at the local and district levels. This person cannot be a high school athletic director who also has responsibilities for middle school athletics (7-12). The award is geared to the individual whose primary responsibility is middle school athletics. Each District may nominate this person to be honored by the OIAAA Executive Committee as an Athletic Administrator of the Year from their district. The nominee must be a member of OIAAA, and their local district by no later than October 31 during the school year in which they have been nominated.