The Arthur F. Dauer Memorial Sports Performance Award was established in 2006 in memory of Arthur F. Dauer, ‘59, one of the Stanford Athletic Department's dearest friends. A longtime supporter of Stanford's varsity student- athletes, Art served on both the Stanford Athletic Board and Buck/Cardinal Club Board. He and his family also established an endowed athletic scholarship, the Art, Anne, Chris, and Lesley Dauer Scholarship, benefiting members of the men's basketball team.
The Arthur F. Dauer Memorial Sports Performance Award is administered by the director of sports performance under the direction of the director of athletics. It honors the student-athlete who not only gives the absolute best of themselves every day on and off the field of competition, but who also brings out the best in those around them through their positive attitude, relentless work ethic, and their consistent commitment to athletic performance development.
Nominations for the award and submitted by the sports performance coach for each team. Performance coaches present their case for their respective student- athlete nominees during a meeting of the entire sports performance staff. Each coach is given a ballot listing the names of all nominees. Performance coaches then rank all finalists, from their first choice to their last choice. The ballots are then tallied by the director of sports performance. In the event of a tie, the director of sports performance casts the deciding vote. The award is presented at the annual Athletic Board Awards Luncheon.