National Student-Athlete Day (NSAD), observed annually on April 6th, provides an opportunity to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of student-athletes.
In the United States, nearly eight million student-athletes compete in team and individual sports. More than 500,000 will carry their career on to the college level. Not only do they succeed in athletic programs such as track and field, soccer, baseball, volleyball, and lacrosse, but they excel academically, too. Additionally, the day recognizes student-athletes who have a positive impact on their communities while maintaining and earning GPAs of 3.0 or higher.
Many student-athletes take on roles as leaders in their community and serve as role models for others. Others overcome adversity and provide exemplary representations of achievement. The program encourages families, schools, and communities to support their Student-athletes in their endeavors. Cheer them on both on and off the court and field. Support them in their higher goals and aspirations.
The National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) founded National Student-Athlete Day in 1987 to honor high school and college student-athletes who have excelled in academics and athletics and who have contributed to their communities and schools in a significant way.