The Musial Awards, presented by Maryville University and produced by the St. Louis Sports Commission and National Sportsmanship Foundation in honor of longtime Cardinals baseball player Stan Musial, has named wide receiver Travis Rudolph one of 11 recipients of the Extraordinary Sportsmanship award, the organization announced Thursday.
The Musial Awards are recognizing Rudolph’s inspiring friendship with Bo Paske, a Tallahassee middle schooler that Rudolph befriended during a visit to Montford Middle School in August. Paske, a sixth grader with autism who Rudolph saw eating by himself, was photographed with Rudolph and the image soon went viral, thanks to Bo’s mother, Leah. When the outpouring of support for the duo went national, Rudolph presented Bo and Leah with a personalized jersey and tickets to the season opener against Ole Miss in Orlando. Since then, the Paske’s have become two of Rudolph’s biggest fans and are frequently seen at team practices.
The ceremony will take place at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis on Nov. 19, the day Rudolph and the Seminoles play at Syracuse. In his place, Bo and Leah will accept the honor on Rudolph’s behalf.
Among the other recipients of this year’s awards are baseball legend Cal Ripken, Jr., WNBA star Tamika Catchings and tennis player Jack Sock.
This marks the 11th year the Musial Awards has taken place in St. Louis. In addition to keeping alive the legacy of Stan the Man, the event aims to inspire selflessness, integrity and civility in sports and society.