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Triple Threat-2017-2018 Summary

May 29, 2019 Reports-Triple Threat-Annual Summary


In an effort to continue the national emphasis and the KHSAA’s own efforts to de-emphasize sports specialization in the athletic culture, the Commissioner’s office launched the “Triple Threat Award” program in May of 2018 to recognize those students who participate in high school athletics year round.

The award, which is given to student-athletes who participate in a KHSAA sport or sport-activity on the varsity level during each season of the academic year (fall/winter/spring), was presented to a total of 1,814 student-athletes for 2017-18. A closer look at the breakdown of honorees for the 2017-18 academic year revealed that:

  • 266 of the 280 member schools have at least one honoree;
  • Three schools (Holy Cross-Lou., Oneida Baptist, and Pikeville) each have 22 award recipients, followed by Villa Madonna with 21, and McCracken County and Scott with 19 each;
  • By class, 465 seniors, 511 juniors, 458 sophomores, 318 freshmen, 43 eighth graders and 19 seventh graders were honored;
  • By gender, 838 females and 976 males qualified for the award;
  • By sport, basketball had 1,156 honorees (653 boys and 503 girls), track and field had 1,038 (561 boys and 477 girls), football had 607, cross country had 485 (243 boys and 242 girls) and soccer 438 (188 boys and 250 girls).

Further details on the breakdown of award recipients can be found at:

The KHSAA staff and Board of Control are proud to issue these awards and look forward to continuing the program in the future to emphasize the values of participation and the now-documented likely negative aspects of sports specialization.


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