Wilma Rudolph Courage Award

American Wilma Rudolph on the award podium with Dorothy Hyman and G. Leone after winning the gold medal in the 200 meter sprint at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Italy. (Photo by: Hulton Deutch/Getty Images) American Wilma Rudolph on the award podium with Dorothy Hyman and G. Leone after winning the gold medal in the 200 meter sprint at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Italy. (Photo by: Hulton Deutch/Getty Images)

The Wilma Rudolph Courage Award is presented at our Annual Salute to Women in Sports to a female athlete who exhibits extraordinary courage in her athletic performance, demonstrates the ability to overcome adversity, makes significant contributions to sports and serves as an inspiration and role model to those who face challenges, overcomes them and strives for success at all levels. This award was first given in 1996 to Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

Past Winners

Noelle Pikus-Pace
2014
Melissa Stockwell
2013
Kayla Harrison     2012
Visa Women's Ski Jumping Team
  2011
Amy Palmiero-Winters
2010
Tiffara Steward
2009
Patience Knight
2008
2006-07 Rutgers Women's Basketball Team
2007
Jean Driscoll
2006
Yuliana Perez
2005
Julie Krone
2004
Kelly Sutton
2003
Candace Cable
2002
Michelle Akers
2001
Martina Navratilova
2000
Gail Devers
1999
Willye White
1998
Silken Laumann
1997
     
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
1996


 

Published Aug 17, 2011
By Women's Sports Foundation

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Named for the former WSF Senior Director of Athlete Marketing, this award is given to an athlete who exemplifies what it means to be a role model and who knows the importance of giving back.

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