The George W. Olsen Award

The George W. Olsen Award is the highest recognition bestowed upon an individual by the St. Croix Valley Athletic Association and is presented each fall at the Hall of Fame Banquet. This award was first given on December 3rd, 1973 in recognition of George W. 'Puscan' Olsen. The award was originally designed to recognize an individual of the SCVAA for being the outstanding club member of the past year.  Since then the award has taken on even more importance as the Association's highest award for devotion and support of youth sports.

Mr. Olsen was a native of Stillwater and attended Stillwater High School and The University of Minnesota before joining the U.S. Army in World War I. He served in France as an ambulance driver and was awarded France's highest honor for bravery, The Croix de Guerre medal.

In high school he played football, basketball and was a member of the state championship team in 1914. A dedicated devout sports follower, his wife Irene said, he always had tickets to every sports tournament in the area. He was always accompanied by an enthusiastic band of youngsters. A continued supporter of youth sports and this was carried on by his son Dick and wife Marie Olsen.

They continued to give to the community the same support as always with the community suites, Graffitti Teen Center, and the list is endless... all done freely, discreetly and from the heart.

The recipients of this special award are selected by a committee of previous winners
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Year
Recipient
Year
Recipient
2010
John Morchinek
1991
Robert Safe
2009
Tony Rinta
1990
Vic Thalacker
2008
 
Brennan Malanaphy
1989
Pete Flock
2007
Paul Kaufer
1988
Joe 'Sam' Samuelson
2006
 
1987
Bill Herzog
2005
Myron Reubendale 
1986
Ken Anderson
2004
Dick Olsen
1985
Jeannie Hoffbeck, Kathy Schmitt
2003
Jean and Pat Tynen
1984
Jim Lammers
2002
Brett Ellingson
1983
Terry Geibler
2001
Ed Simonet III
1982
Dan Brookman
2000
Jeff Clark
1981
Dick Beberg
1999
Dick Siver
1980
Dick Schmidt
1998
Lowell Lindstrom
1979
Don Jahnke
1997
Mike Nystrom
1978
Keith 'Jim' Kemp
1996
Steve Wicker
1977
Tom Juhl
1995
Jim Wright
1976
Vern Christensen
1994
Dan Hall
1975
Bob Bielenberg
1993
Ronald Fredkove
1974
Jim Buege
1992
Barry Sharon
1973
Tom Diethert
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