The mission of the NCHSAA is to provide governance and leadership for interscholastic athletic programs that support and enrich students’ educational experiences. In keeping with that mission, the NCHSAA offers many award and recognition programs that highlight our members’ outstanding performances.

  • Athlete of the Year
    The top athletic award that any athlete in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association can earn. | Deadline: May 17
  • Performance of the Week powered by OrthoCarolina
    Each week throughout the year, the NCHSAA, with the help of a special selection committee, will select a male and female athlete based on their athletic performance from the preceding week. Nominations can be made by coaches, school administrators, or members of the media. OrthoCarolina powers this platform.
  • Student Program Awards
    Awards sponsored by NCHSAA Student Programs for student-athletes.
    • Heart of a Champion | Deadline: May 1
    • Spirit of Sport | Deadline: February 1
  • Commissioner’s Trophy powered by Truist | Deadline: April 10
  • Ejection-Free Recognition
  • Exemplary School Award – Nomination Dates: May 13-24, 2024
  • Scholar-Athlete Award
    This program recognizes excellence in the classroom and on the playing court or field. The program includes recognizing varsity teams that attain specific grades and individual athletes. Forms should be submitted by a school administrator via DragonFly. | Fall/Winter Deadline: March 15 | Spring Deadline: July 15
  • Wells Fargo Cup
    The Wells Fargo State Cup award symbolizes overall sports excellence among high schools in North Carolina. Since 1979, the State Cup has been awarded to the schools that have the best overall interscholastic sports programs in each of the four classifications. A companion to the statewide Wells Fargo State Cup, the Conference Cup is based on regular season performances within conference play and is designed to recognize the best interscholastic athletic performance within each of the NCHSAA’s conferences

  • Dave Harris System Athletic Director Award of Excellence
    This award launches in the 2023-24 school year as the principal fund has now grown to a level that allows at least one award to be made. As the fund grows over time, additional awards will be added with a goal of one day providing one award per region for eight (8) Dave Harris Awards. | Deadline has been extended:  April 15
  • Toby Webb Outstanding Coach Award
    Established in 2005-2006 through the NCHSAA Endowment Fund and generous donations from Toby Webb supporters, the Toby Webb ‘Outstanding Coach Award’ recognizes two outstanding coaches annually, one male and one female. | Deadline: April 10
  • Homer Thompson Memorial “Eight Who Make A Difference” Award
    This award recognizes eight coaches who exemplify good sportsmanship and are positive student-athlete role models. | Deadline: May 1

Also see: Grants, Scholarships