Olympic middleweight gold medalist Claressa Shields, of Flint, Mich., a 17-year-old senior at Northwestern High, could be in line to become the first boxer ever to win the AAU’s James E. Sullivan Award.
Already the first American female to win a gold medal in the Olympics, Shields has been named a semifinalist for the prestigious award, which honors the nation’s top amateur athlete. The selection process includes a public voting component and boxing fans can support Shields by voting for her via this link through March 17.
“It feels great to be a semifinalist for the Sullivan award,” said Shields, whose birthday happens to be on March 17. “I worked really hard leading up to my Olympic gold medal so being a semifinalist for this award is an honor, and to be the first boxer to win it would be amazing. You can only be the first once.”
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