The gatorade player of the year award was established in 1985 to recognize and celebrate
the nation's most outstanding high school talents for their athletic achievement,
academic excellence and exemplary character. Now in its third decade, the Gatorade
Player of the Year award has become one of the most prestigious accolades in high
USA TODAY High School Sports, in partnership with The Gatorade Company, administers
the selection process for Gatorade State and National Player of the Year awards.
All final selection decisions are the result of a collaborative effort between USA
TODAY High School Sports and The Gatorade Company.
One award winner from each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia that sanction
the following high school sports: