2017 Sooner Choice Awards

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By Digital Team
Oklahoma Athletics
MARCH 07, 2017

Coming May 1, 2017... Crimson Reigns! The Sooner Choice Awards -- OU's official student-athlete awards show -- highlights the success of current student-athletes while simultaneously honoring past alumni and inspiring future generations of Sooners.

The 2017 Sooner Choice Awards will recognize individuals and teams for their accomplishments between the dates of April 27, 2016 (last year's show) and May 1, 2017 (this year's show). For example, spring sports that ended after April 27th (baseball, softball, etc.) and were not honored at the 2016 SCAs WILL be recognized this year.

Learn more about each of the awards below and nominate your candidates. We look forward to celebrating with you on May 1. Boomer Sooner!


Breakthrough Athlete of the Year

The Breakthrough Athlete of the Year Award is presented to a male and female student-athlete that demonstrated dramatic improvement from their previous season of competition and significantly contributed to individual or team success.

Nominated by OU Athletics Communications


Newcomer of the Year

The Newcomer of the Year award is presented to a male and female student-athlete in his or her first year of competition at OU that made a major impact and contribution to his/her team or sport program (true freshmen, redshirt freshmen, transfers).

Nominated by OU Athletics Communications


Sooner Magic Moment of the Year

This Sooner Magic Moment of the Year Award is presented to the team or individual(s) with the most outstanding moment, play, or performance that year.

Nominated by OU Athletics Communications


Team of the Year

The Team of the Year award is presented to the team that has achieved the most notable success throughout its season and inspired the Sooner family through hard work, teamwork, and awe-inspiring performances.

Nominated by OU Athletics Communications


Faculty Athletics Representative Unsung Hero

The FAR Unsung Hero award is presented to the student-athlete who consistently demonstrates exceptional character, true sportsmanship, and uncommon resilience, all while maintaining high academic standards. This student-athlete makes a meaningful contribution to the team, but may not always be in the spotlight.

Pulse of the Team

The Pulse of the Team is presented to one individual from each team who is an instrumental leader, dedicated to improving his or her team every day. This athlete is the heartbeat, the pulse of the team.

Voted upon by seniors


Heart of a Sooner

The Heart of a Sooner Award is presented to the student-athlete in their final season of eligibility who epitomizes what it means to be a Sooner. Throughout their tenure at OU, this individual has excelled in every area of student-athlete life while simultaneously demonstrating impeccable character and integrity.

Perseverance Award

The Perseverance Award will honor a student-athlete who has exemplified extraordinary strength in the face of adversity and has persevered to overcome significant obstacles.


Inspiration Award

The Inspiration Award is received by a coach, administrator, or support staff member who continually inspires student-athletes through their story, their actions, and their words. This incredible individual has emerged as a valuable role model and displays unfaltering dedication to student-athlete well-being.

David & Molly Shi Boren Future Sooner Award

The Future Sooner Award is given to an outstanding youth from the state of Oklahoma who embodies the core values of Oklahoma Athletics (Masterful, Accountable, Gracious, Inclusive & Competitive).

Athlete of the Year

The Athlete of the Year award is presented to the male and female student-athletes who demonstrated outstanding athletic performance and achievement while significantly contributing to the success of the team.

Nominated by OU Athletics Communications


Sooner Legacy Award

The Sooner Legacy Award is presented to a distinguished Sooner who has been a major contributor to OU Athletics and continues to positively represent the Sooner family in his/her life.

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