13th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

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From the 12th Annual Shorty Awards Best in Sports

Social media allows athletes to showcase their massive impact on the world when they aren’t playing the sport we fell in love with them for. Whether it’s for a groundbreaking sponsorship, speaking their mind on social issues, or simply showing off their personalities, these stars are proving they are more than just athletes. While there are a lot of incredible athletes out there, these twelve stood out from the field.

If you’ve worked with a great athlete for a social media project enter the Best in Sports Shorty Award.


Alex Rodriguez
A-Rod may have retired from the MLB, but that doesn’t mean he’s left the spotlight. This three-time MVP and future hall of famer announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend Jennifer Lopez back in March, then melted hearts on social media by sending her heartfelt birthday wishes on his Instagram to his 3M+ Instagram followers. When he’s not gra…
Allyson Felix
For more than 15 years, Olympic medalist and world champion Allyson Felix has been a force of nature in the track and field world and shows no signs of slowing down. This year, she broke Usain Bolt’s record for most total world championships medals, and announced an unprecedented 5th Olympic appearance this summer in Tokyo. Her success has brought…
Coco Gauff
Few athletes enjoyed the kind of breakout year that Coco Gauff had in 2019, becoming the youngest tennis player to win a title at just 15 years of age! Coco first exploded onto the scene when she received a wildcard draw at Wimbledon and ended up reaching the fourth round, an amazing feat for a high school sophomore on her summer break. Each of he…
Simone Manuel
When Simone Manuel swept the 50 and 100-meter freestyle races at the world swimming championships in July, she became the first American woman to do so. First making waves at the Rio Olympics, she became the first black woman to win an individual Olympic gold in the sport. Now in the buildup to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, she’s positioned to make …
Zion Williamson
Thanks to his dominant play and towering dunks, college basketball phenom Zion Williamson was perhaps the most talked about athlete on social media this year, jumping, dunking and swatting his way into the zeitgeist. A shoe-related injury in February was one of the most talked-about viral events of the season, garnering responses from Lebron and O…


Amanda Nunes
Brazilian MMA fighter Amanda Nunes is one of the toughest on the planet, becoming the first woman to be named a two-division UFC champion. She’s risen the ranks quickly, ending her exciting 2019 ranked #5 in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings, solidifying her place among the best and baddest in the sport. With one of the most entertaining social media games o…
Andy Ruiz
Andy Ruiz scored one of the biggest upsets the boxing world has ever seen when he beat the heavy favorite, Anthony Joshua, by TKO to win the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles, all in one jab. In doing so, he catapulted to the top of the boxing world, and became the first boxer of Mexican heritage to become the heavyweight world champion. Andy’s unexp…
Cathy Engelbert
Cathy Engelbert is well acquainted with shattering the glass ceiling into pieces as the first female CEO of Deloitte. This past year, she made headlines everywhere when signing on to bring her business acumen and experience as a visionary to the WNBA as the first Commissioner of the rapidly growing women’s hoops league. With her combination of Division 1 NC…
Kliff Kingsbury
Kliff Kingsbury came to his role as the new coach of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals with some innovative ideas, both on the field and off. In a sport where coaches are notoriously hard-nosed and old school, he made waves by instituting a new phone policy with his players that allowed for more social media time. This millennial-savvy coach with a combined Insta…
Morgan Hurd
Despite what her Twitter bio says, Morgan Hurd isn’t "just another normal human being that flips on a piece of four inch wood." Known for her dramatic floor routines, Chinese-American gymnast is just 18 years old and has already won several medals in the world championships for floor and balance beam routines. Now, she’s poised to take her game to the next …
Russell Westbrook
Eight-time NBA All Star and Houston Rockets starter Russell Westbrook has never shied away from sharing his opinions and using social media to showcase his authentic self. Whether he’s tweeting trash at other players or making waves for his one-of-a-kind fashion sense, people are talking about the oft-trending athlete. As he racks up the stats, he also rack…

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