The A.O. Duer Award is presented annually
to a junior men’s and women’s student-athlete
in any sport who has excelled in character, playing
ability and scholarship. Since 1967, the Duer Award
has been presented in honor of the late former NAIA
executive director Al Duer who was responsible for
the NAIA’s role as the first collegiate organization to
be fully integrated.
The Emil S. Liston Award is presented annually by
Daktronics recognizes a male and female junior
basketball player based on scholarship, character
and playing ability. Since 1950, the award honors
the memory of the NAIA’s first executive director
Emil S. Liston. Mr. Liston was the founder of the
National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball
(NAIB) and played a principal role in the NAIA men’s
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