Rotary Champions is an annual event presented by the Rotary clubs of the Pikes Peak Region. The awards ceremony is held to honor outstanding scholar-athletes from El Paso and Teller County high schools who have placed a high value on academics and leadership in school, community, and home.

Through Rotary Champions, recognition is given to approximately 400 outstanding scholar-athletes from high schools throughout the Pikes Peak Region. From this elite group, 25 nominees, each representing a CHSAA-sanctioned sport, are awarded a Champions Medallion. The top female and male scholar-athletes are selected to receive our Rotary Champion Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, which includes a $5,000 college scholarship, paid over four years, and a trophy. Since 1985, Rotary Champions has awarded 58 scholarships totaling $290,000.

The Rotary Champions Foundation is a Colorado 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation.

The 2015 Rotary Champions Awards Ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.  Approximately 400 student-athletes were nominated by 30 high schools in the Pikes Peak region. The Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year was Peter McEvoy of Pine Creek High School.  Allison Popelar of Rampart High School was chosen as the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In addition, the "Ian Weikel Champion of Service Award", given to the student who exemplifies community service in his or her daily life, was awarded to Delaney Keeler of The Vanguard School.  

Photos of the 2015 event may be viewed and ordered from Pine Ridge Photography's website.  www.pineridgephotography.com  Please go to "client access."  The password is "champions."

Qualified Nominees:

The minimum requirements for nomination include:  participation in a CHSAA sanctioned varsity sport; a grade point average of 3.0 or higher; evidence of leadership in school, community, and home.  Parents, students, and school officials are encouraged to participate in the nomination process.  Nominees will be instructed by their coach or Athletic Director to complete the Champions nomination application via our website.  User names and passwords will be provided by the Athletic Director.

Please click here for the Rotary Champions 2015 Nomination Form.

Ticket Information: 

Admission is complimentary for all Champion nominees as well as for guest ages 12 and under. Tickets for family members and guests are available for $10 each. Tickets can be obtained either at the Pikes Peak Center or World Arena box office, or over the telephone by calling 719-799-4138 between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm. Tickets purchased over the telephone will be available at will-call for pick-up the day of the event.

Guest Speaker:

The 2016 event will feature speaker John Register, a former All-American collegiate track star who suffered a crippling injury that resulted in the amputation of his left leg.  The injury dashed his hopes of qualifying for the Olympics but he went on to become a Paralympic medalist. Former guest speakers for this event include Bart Starr, Gayle Sayers, Bill McCartney, Lynne Cox, Fisher DeBerry, Hugh McCutcheon and Karl Mecklenburg.

2015-2016 Event Calendar: 
Monday, November 30, 2015 - Fall Nominations Due

Monday, February 1, 2016 - Winter Nominations Due 

Friday, April 1 2016 - Spring Nominations Due 

Friday, April 1, 2016- Group Pictures Due

Monday, May 9, 2016 - Event Date




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