This year's Clio Sports Awards will be judged by a diverse range of sports-savvy jurors including U.S. soccer star Mia Hamm, NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum and R/GA creative executive Albert Patton.
"We've gathered an esteemed panel of experts to help decide who has the best idea of the year from a very competitive crop," Nicole Purcell, president of CLIO Awards, said in a press release. "The creative surrounding sports advertising, from spots in the Big Game to Gatorade's farewell to Derek Jeter, is often at the crux of pop culture, and we're excited to honor the finest work."
Other members of the 2015 jury will include Jamie Davies, head of creative brand marketing for Samsung North America; Aaron Taylor, svp of marketing at ESPN; and Ali Towle, vp of marketing for the San Francisco 49ers. A full list of judges can be found here.
Clio Sports, which debuted in 2014, recognizes exceptionally creative work in sports marketing and advertising. In it's inaugural year, jurors awarded Under Armour the brand innovation award and named winners in 10 other categories, including a print and a digital/social award.
(Adweek and the Clio Awards are both owned by affiliates of Mediabistro Holdings LLC.)
For this year's awards, Clio also announced a partnership with USA Today Sports to assist with promoting creative content starring athletes, teams and leagues.
The submission period is open now and will close April 3, 2015. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in New York City on July 8.