The United States Sports Academy has listed Kobe Bryant as one of the finalists for the United Sports Academy’s 2009 Athlete of the year. Each year The USSA totals up the Academy’s yearlong Athlete if the Month program, then opens up voting to the public.
There are 12 male and 12 female candidates for Athlete of the Year. The Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards will go to the athletes that receive the most votes.
This is how it works: Voters are asked to select their top three candidates for the award in descending order. First choice is worth five points, second place is three points and third place is one point.
The men’s ballot consists of, in alphabetical order: Craig Alexander, triathlon, Australia; Usain Bolt, track and field, Jamaica; Drew Brees, football, United States; Kobe Bryant, basketball, United States; Angel Cabrera, golf, Argentina; Roger Federer, tennis, Switzerland; Santonio Holmes, football, United States; LeBron James, basketball, United States; Jimmie Johnson, auto racing, United States; Manny Pacquiao, boxing, Philippines; Albert Pujols, baseball, Dominican Republic; and Tiger Woods, golf, United States
Voting is open until December 24th, so be sure to visit and cast your vote: