Jersey Mike’s Subs and Atlanta Tipoff Club Open Nominations for 2023 Naismith High School Basketball Courage Award

Jersey Mike’s Subs and Atlanta Tipoff Club Open Nominations for 2023 Naismith High School Basketball Courage Award

-The Atlanta Tipoff Club, administrators of the prestigious Naismith Awards, announced it has teamed up with Jersey Mike’s Subs to open nominations for the 2023 Naismith High School Basketball Courage Award. School officials, athletic directors, coaches, and teachers can nominate deserving basketball student-athletes starting today via The deadline for nominations is Jan. 20, 2023.

The 10 most inspirational students will be selected as finalists, with two grand prize winners being chosen by a Board of Selectors, which includes journalists, former Naismith winners, and Atlanta Tipoff Club board members. The committee is looking for high school basketball players who have consistently gone above and beyond throughout the basketball season and demonstrated courage in their approach to the team, school, game, and community.

“We believe that the power of sports, particularly high school basketball, can bring out the best in people and allow them to showcase how they’ve overcome some type of adversity,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “We know many courageous students exist across the country, and we want to recognize and celebrate those individuals.”

“Each year, we have the privilege of reviewing thousands of stories of courage from young student-athletes across the country,” said Rich Hope, chief marketing officer, Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Inc. “Their examples of resilience on and off the basketball court inspire us all, and we look forward to reading this year’s nominations.”

The top two grand prize winners will each receive $2,000, and an additional $2,000 will be donated to each winner’s school. They will also be presented with an award during an on-campus ceremony, as well as a video tribute telling their stories. Finalists and winners will be evenly divided between male and female candidates.


Founded during the 1956-57 season, the Atlanta Tipoff Club is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club administers the Naismith Awards, the most prestigious national honors in all of college and high school basketball. Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball, the family of Naismith Awards annually recognizes the most outstanding men’s and women’s college and high school basketball players and coaches. Other Naismith Awards are presented to the men’s and women’s college basketball defensive players of the year, as well as lifetime achievement awards to basketball officials and outstanding contributors to the game. UCLA’s Lew Alcindor received the first Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy in 1969, while the late Anne Donovan (Old Dominion) was the inaugural women’s recipient in 1983. Corporate partners of the Naismith Awards include Jersey Mike’s and Werner Ladder.


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