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The Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism was established in 2002 to honor the memory of one of America's pre-eminent sports writers, Dick Schaap. The award is presented by the Nassau County Sports Commission and is given out to the journalist, in any medium, who best exemplifies the principles and talents of Dick Schaap during the past year. The award recipient is determined by confidential balloting of the Dick Schaap Selection Committee, which is composed of respected members of the media, and chaired by Dick's son, ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap.
Although the recipient need not be a sports journalist, he/she must convey the passion and insight for stories and people he/she covers as Schaap did.
- 2002 – Jim McKay, ABC Sports
- 2003 – Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated
- 2004 – Bob Costas, NBC and HBO Sports
- 2005 – Dave Anderson, The New York Times
- 2006 – Bob Ryan, Boston Globe
- 2007 – Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada, San Francisco Chronicle
- 2008 – Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press
- 2009 – no recipient
- 2010 – Mary Carillo, NBC and HBO Sports
- 2011 – Dave Kindred, Golf Digest and National Sports Journalism Center