IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Jefferson, IA – April 20, 2020 – American Athletic, Inc. (AAI) proudly presented
the AAI Award in a different fashion this year. AAI has been presenting the AAI
Award to the most outstanding senior female gymnast in the country for over the
last 30+ years. Some people have stated it is the Heisman Trophy for Women’s gymnastics.
“I have been
privileged to be a part of this award for over 15 years,” said Lisa Ebersole,
Marketing Manager for AAI. “To watch such a talented pool of athletes, go
through the process of such a high caliber award and see the coach’s pride for them
is truly inspiring.”
Award is a coach’s award in which AAI facilitates. Every year the head coaches
are asked to submit a nomination for the candidate or candidates of their
choice. This year 33 talented athletes were nominated! A number that should not
go un-noticed and AAI congratulates all the athletes nominated.
nominations are in, coaches then vote to narrow the field to the top 6 athletes.
A final vote is then cast to determine the overall winner.
The 2020 AAI
current limitations of interaction, video conferencing has become the new way
of communication. Utilizing a webinar, allowed the presentation to be recorded
and posted on social platforms in order to share with the world. Each finalist
was given the opportunity to answer what it means to be an AAI Award Finalist
and their favorite NCAA career moment. Being able to share this moment with
their teammates, coaches and family in a different setting still gave it
year, Maggie Nichols of the University of Oklahoma took home the title of the
2020 AAI Award Winner.
an incredible honor to be a nominee for this amazing award.” Nichols said. “I’m
thankful to be here today and represent the University of Oklahoma and stand
next to the other incredible nominees. Thanks to my teammates for supporting me
through the hard moments and to my coaches for helping push me to be the
absolute best gymnast & person I can be. Also, thanks to my family for
being my biggest supporters and helping every step of the way.”
proud to support NCAA Gymnastics and recognizes the achievements and dedication
of all the AAI Award Finalists as well as all gymnasts within the sport.
Since 1954, American Athletic, Inc. has been manufacturing world-class gymnastics equipment. Headquartered in Jefferson, Iowa, the company operates three facilities totaling over 240,000 square feet and employs about 100 people. AAI is the official supplier and partner to USA Gymnastics and is proud to partner with the Federation Internationale De Gymnastique (FIG) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information on AAI, please call (800) 247-3978 or visit www.americanathletic.com.
Marketing Manager, AAI/Spalding