|Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information|
The Joy Award – which was replaced by the Legends Award – was the highest individual honor the Austin Peay athletics department awarded. The award was presented to male and female student-athlete determined to be the department's "Most Valuable Senior Athlete," recognizing a student-athlete's contributions throughout their career.
The award was originated in 1947 by the late Wilson Goodrich, then owner of Joy’s Jewelers. From 1947-96, one APSU senior athlete was honored each year. However, beginning in 1997 a male and female senior athlete, respectively, was honored by Joy’s and that continued through 2008. However, Joy’s Jewelers closed and ended sponsorship of the award following the 2007-08 season.
A permanent plaque display with recipients names is located in the Governors Club Room in the Dunn Center.
The first Joy Award recipient in 1947 was Dr. George Fisher, who also is a member of both the Austin Peay and Ohio Valley Conference Halls of Fame.
| The Joy Award (from 1946-08, listed by year awarded)
|1955-56||Al Tate Rogers|
|1956-57||Joe Neal Grisham|
|1967-68||Philip Fairinella and Jimmy Smith|
|1968-69||Charlie Moore and Doug Pittenger|
|1972-73||Eddie Childress and Bonnie Sloan|
|1979-80||Glenn Colivas and Chris Vinyard|
|1986-87||Darryl B. Bedford|
|Season||Men's Recipient||Women's Recipient|
|1996-97||Charles "Bubba" Wells||Andrea Miller|
|1997-98||Joe Sibbitt||Amanda Behrenbrinker|
|1998-99||Scott Niewland||Julie Virta|
|1999-00||Robert Powell||Kim Smith|
|2000-01||Trenton Hassell||Ayesha Maycock|
|2001-02||Dustin Wilson||Sheena Gooding|
|2002-03||A.J. Ellis||Brooke Armistead|
|2003-04||Rhet Wierzba||Jennifer Adcock|
|2004-05||Ryan Taylor||Cassandra Peek|
|2005-06||Zac Schlader||Ashley Haynes|
|2006-07||Shawn Kelley||Adonia Bivens|
|2007-08||Grant Leaver||Virginia Penner|