Out of the heartland of America, a unique and important tradition of celebrating extraordinary sportsmanship has been established.  Since 2005, the nation’s best sports have come together in St. Louis for the Musial Awards, the most meaningful and inspiring night in sports.

Named for Stan Musial, a sports icon who embodied class and kindness, the Musial Awards recognize the year’s greatest moments of sportsmanship in North America and honor legendary sports figures who personify its virtues.

Past award recipients include Arnold Palmer, baseball hall of famers Joe Torre and Cal Ripken Jr., women’s basketball star Tamika Catchings, U.S. tennis player Jack Sock, Little League World Series sensation Mo’ne Davis, sportscaster Ernie Johnson, and Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

The Musial Awards takes place annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving at the historic 3,000-seat Peabody Opera House in Downtown St. Louis.  The show is produced by the St. Louis Sports Commission and the National Sportsmanship Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.  In addition to keeping alive the legacy of Stan The Man, the event aims to inspire selflessness, integrity and civility in sports and society.  Its organizers want to have a transformational impact, empowering people across the nation to be good sports.

The roots of the Musial Awards go back to 1999 when the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance launched an awards program recognizing character in sport.  In 2005, the event moved to St. Louis.  A year later it was renamed the National Sportsmanship Awards.  In 2012, with the blessing of the Musial family, organizers announced the event and its awards would be named in honor of the St. Louis hero and Cardinals legend – one of the greatest players in baseball history and the ultimate good sport.  Defined by class, excellence, humility and generosity, Stan Musial personified sportsmanship.  It’s fitting that the award recognizing extraordinary sportsmanship is named in his honor.

Since 2011, Maryville University has served as the presenting sponsor for the Musial Awards.  The school’s involvement, leadership and generosity have helped make the show one of the great nights in all of sports.


A testament to its impact and ambitious vision, the National Association of Sports Commissions recognized the Musial Awards as the sports tourism industry’s Locally Created Event of the Year in 2016. To read more, click here.

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The Musial Awards® is produced by the St. Louis Sports Commission and the National Sportsmanship Foundation®, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. The Sportsmanship Foundation is a national movement based in St. Louis aiming to empower people to lead healthier, happier lives through the values of sportsmanship. By building better sports, the organization strives to help shape more productive, responsible and healthy adults for the future who will contribute to a more civil society.