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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

Maria Toorpakai Wazir 2016
Tatyana McFadden 2015
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