Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award

Archie Griffin is a two-time Heisman Trophy winner from The Ohio State University.  During his high school and collegiate career, Mr. Griffin demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship, integrity, and ethics. This award is given to one middle school male and one middle school female athlete from each school in the Ohio High School Athletic Association and is the highest honor an athlete can achieve from our school.

Click here Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award Application Essay Prompt 2021


To recognize one outstanding male and female athlete who each exemplify the ideals of sportsmanship.  Some of these ideals and qualities, which Mr. Griffin himself displays, are integrity, leadership, a positive attitude, academic discipline, humility, and volunteerism.


  1. The athlete shall have displayed the qualities mentioned above.
  2. The athlete shall be in good academic standing, 2.5 or higher.
  3. The athlete will have participated in at least four sports seasons for Hilliard Memorial Middle School.
    **NOTE: Athletes who were on rosters and participated in the three weeks of 2020 Spring sports can count that toward the participation requirement of the 2021 Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award.
  • Participation on a club sports team does not count towards the four sports seasons – i.e. Soccer, swimming, volleyball, etc.
  1. The athlete will complete the procedures listed below.
  2. Any disciplinary action will automatically eliminate an athlete as a candidate for this award.



  1. Essay
    • Each applicant will write a three-five paragraph essay on a topic addressing the ideals of the award.
    • All athletes will write on the same topic
    • Essays will be reviewed by a panel of coaches/teachers.
    • Essays will be critiqued on grammar, proper paragraph structure, and how thoroughly the topic is addressed.
  1. Interview
    • The applicants will be interviewed by a panel of coaches/teachers
      • The applicants will be interviewed by Mr. Bobek, Mr. Bay, another administrator, and 1-2 teacher/coaches.
      • The interview panel will interview each applicant individually with a series of questions to be determined by the athletic director.
      • The interview panel will be the same for all applicants.
      • The panel will determine the recipients of the Archie Griffin Award


  • Applications Due: Friday, April 16th by 3:00pm, 2021
  • Applicant Interviews: Video Interview Week of April 19th 2021
  • Awards Announced:  Week of May 3rd 2021

If there are any questions, please contact Chad Bobek @ or 614-921-7416.


Bradley & Memorial Jaguar
Nick Van Dyne - Athletic Director | Chad Bobek - Assistant Athletic Director | Christal Morrison - Secretary

Bradley High School | 2800 Walker Road | Hilliard, OH 43026

Phone: (614) 921-7430 | Fax: (614) 921-7431


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