As the only American Indian among the group, (Robinson grew up on the Wind River Reservation in Fort Washakie, Wyo. where she was a McDonald’s and Gatorade All-American) Robinson’s selection as a semi-finalist excited many in both Indian Country and among those who follow the award.
The Sullivan Award is often called the “Oscar” of sports awards, and is older than The Heisman. The Amateur Athletic Union’s Sullivan Award honors the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States and has been presented every year since 1930. It’s named after the founder and past president of the Amateur Athletic Union, and a pioneer in amateur sports, James E. Sullivan.