Congratulations to Col Stephen Armes and 1stLt Mollie Hebda, both of Camp Pendleton, California, who have been chosen as the 2016 Marine Corps Athletes of the Year.  These athletes will be recognized at the Commandant’s Combined Awards Ceremony held at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va on February 8, 2017.

The Marine Corps Athlete of the Year is awarded annually to one male and one female active duty Marine. Marines who have excelled in varsity, All-Marine, national and international completions are eligible to be nominated for the award.  Nominations go through the chain of command and the Athletic Director at the athlete’s local installation.  Nominations are then sent to Headquarters Marine Corps where the winners are selected.  The winners were chosen based on their athletics skills and how well they embody Marine Corps values.

Marine Corps Sports Programs are designed to enhance the fitness and resilience of Marines and their families and functions to support alternative Physical Training (PT) options, military to military engagement, and the development of unit cohesion.  Sports Programs are directly related to combat readiness and serve as the main mechanism through which a variety of programs, services and activities are provided to Marines and their families. For more information on Marine Corps Sports Programs, click here.