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.

“One of the coolest things they do in my hometown.”
– Benjamin Hochman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sports Columnist

“Two days that define the seasons of St. Louis sports are Opening Day and the amazing, moving Musial Awards for sportsmanship.”
– Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sportswriter

“If every person in the world lived their life like Stan Musial did, you could all walk away proud. He was one of the greatest people I’ve ever known.”
– Arnold Palmer, Recipient of the 2015 Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award for Sportsmanship

“I can’t tell you how proud and how touched it makes me because knowing ‘The Man’ was always special and will continue to be special… so this is one of the proudest nights of my life.”
– Joe Torre, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer & Recipient of the 2014 Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award for Sportsmanship

“Who wouldn’t want to be here?”
– Mo’ne Davis, 2014 Little League World Series Star & Recipient of the 2014 Musial Award for Extraordinary Character

“The Musial Awards celebrate the best attributes of sports – character, humility, and self-sacrifice. Regardless if you are a sports fan, these stories will inspire you.”
– Dave Peacock, St. Louis Sports Commission Chair

“This is one of the greatest nights in all of sports. It’s an event with extraordinary value, purpose and impact, and it’s a richly rewarding experience for those in attendance. You walk out of the theater in awe of the stories you’ve heard, the people you’ve met and the show you’ve seen.”
– Mark Lombardi, Maryville University President

“Our family is honored to have my father’s name associated with this event and these prestigious awards for extraordinary sportsmanship. It is a wonderful and fitting tribute to my dad’s legacy.”
– Jean Musial Edmonds, Stan’s Daughter

“The Musial Awards are not like other awards shows. They are infinitely more profound. The Musials recognize achievements of the heart, triumphs of the spirit. In this athletic environment of domestic violence and performance enhancement, in this civic atmosphere of protests and unrest, this was an evening to honor the goodness in people and the power of sports to unearth it. This isn’t just chicken soup for the soul; this is the full-course meal.”
– Dan O’Neill, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sportswriter


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.