Prior to graduation each year, the Army Athletic Association (AAA) awards a male and female cadet-athlete who displayed the “most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during a career as a cadet.” The AAA trophy is highly regarded as the United States Military Academy’s most prestigious athletic award. Being that the 2019-20 school year looked a bit different than years past, this year’s award winners were announced during the first-ever virtual Black Knight Awards.
After an outstanding record-breaking career with the Army West Point women’s rugby program, senior Sam Sullivan was chosen as the 2019-2020 female recipient of the AAA Award.
In the 116th year of the award, Sullivan was recognized alongside senior men’s basketball captain, Tommy Funk, who was the male honoree.
Sullivan becomes the first women’s rugby player in program history to receive the award after accumulating a laundry list of accomplishments. In her four-year career, Sullivan has been named a three-time National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) 15s All-American.
Her grit and relentlessness on the field of play also allowed her be recognized for a number of awards, including being named the 2019 College Rugby Championships Tournament MVP, the winner of the first-ever Prusmack Award, awarded to the top female and male collegiate 7s player in the country, and a top-20 finalist for the MA Sorensen Award, presented to the best 15s player in the country. Read more.