May 27, 2021

Sade Olatoye A Finalist for Big Ten Medal of Honor


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State track and field star Sade Olatoye was today named a finalist for the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor.

The conference’s most exclusive award was the first of its kind in intercollegiate athletics to recognize academic and athletic excellence. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.” Big Ten schools currently feature more than 8,200 student-athletes, but only 28 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis.

Finalists are selected based on their outstanding accomplishments in the classroom, on the field, and as a leader and role model within their program. Each year, Ohio State selects one male and one female recipient for the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The winners for the 2021 Big Ten Medal of Honor will be announced on May 31.

Olatoye has had an exceptional academic and athletics career at Ohio State. She graduated in May 2020 with a degree in health sciences and has since enrolled in graduate school at Ohio State and is pursuing a master’s in bioethics at the Ohio State College of Medicine.

Olatoye was nominated for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year and in February, 2020, she won the Big Ten’s Wayne Duke Postgraduate Scholarship, a $10,000 award toward her graduate studies. Last winter she was named a recipient of the NCAA Winter Sports Postgraduate Scholarship.

Olatoye is a three-time Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar for having a grade point average of at least 3.70. She is a five-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, a six-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Nominee.

On the competition fields, Olatoye won her seventh Big Ten title two weeks ago by taking first in the hammer throw with a new Big Ten championships record throw of 68.9m / 226-0. The 2019 Ohio State female athlete of the year is a two-time Big Ten field athlete of the year (2017 and 2019 indoors) and athlete of the championships (2017 and 2019 indoors). She is a three-time first-team All-American in the weight throw and won the NCAA championship in 2019 in the event, and she is a two-time first-team All-American in the shot put.

Olatoye’s efforts in the campus and central Ohio communities are significant. She has volunteered at sports camps, mentored kids interested in attending college, assisted with Habitat for Humanity and pay forward for Martin Luther King Day. She has been an active member and a leader for campus organizations such as SHEROS, Peer Educators, the African Youth League, OSU BAESS and Athletes in Medicine.