Each year during the Prizes and Awards presentation, held during Commissioning Week, the Naval Academy Athletic Association announces the recipients of its major awards for that year. These awards are the highest form of recognition the NAAA can bestow upon a student-athlete and the list of winners includes some of the most memorable and decorated Midshipmen in Navy athletic history.
Navy's 2012 Major Athletic Award Winners (L-R): Erin Edwards (basketball), winner of the Coaches Calvert Award for Women; Andrew Faulk (gymnastics), winner of the Thompson Trophy Cup; Will Race (heavyweight rowing), winner of the Coaches Calvert Award for Men. Missing from photo due to their competing at the NCAA East Regional Championship: Jess Palacio (cross country, track), winner of the Vice Adm. Lawrence Sword for Women; Cody Rome (cross country, track), winner of the NAAA Sword for Men.
The awards presented are:
NAAA Sword for Men
"Presented to the midshipman of the graduating class declared by the Association's Athletic Committee to have personally excelled in athletics during his years of varsity competition."
The Vice Adm. Lawrence Sword for Women
"Presented to the woman of the graduating class declared by the Association's Athletic Committee to have personally excelled in athletics during her years of varsity competition."
Thompson Trophy Cup
"Presented to the midshipman, male or female, declared by the Association's Athletic Committee to have done the most during the year for the promotion of athletics at the Naval Academy."
Coaches' Calvert Award - Men | Women
"Presented by the Naval Academy Athletic Association in honor of Vice Admiral James Calvert, Superintendent of the Naval Academy (1968-72), to recognize a graduating varsity letterwinner (men and women) who displayed leadership, consistent effort, loyalty and dedication to the sport and who has taken their abilities beyond the expectations of the coach, peers and themselves."
Past Major Award Announcements
2011-12 Awards Announcement
2010-11 Awards Announcement
2009-10 Awards Announcement
2008-09 Awards Announcement
2007-08 Awards Announcement
2006-07 Awards Announcement
2005-06 Awards Announcement
2004-05 Awards Announcement