Since 1954, Sports Illustrated magazine has annually presented the Sportsperson of the Year award to "the athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement."   Roger Bannister won the first-ever Sportsman of the Year award thanks to his record breaking time of 3: for a mile (the first-ever time a mile had been run under four minutes).   Both men and women have won the award, originally called "Sportsman of the Year" and renamed "Sportswoman of the Year" or "Sportswomen of the Year" when applicable; it is currently known as "Sportsperson of the Year."
The trophy is a ceramic replica of an ancient Greek amphora ( circa 510 BCE) which depicts nude male Hellenistic athletes engaged in a variety of athletic activities—running, discus, and javelin. It measures 8" in diameter and stands " high ( x 47 cm). The original amphorae was acquired by Sports Illustrated magazine in 1954 and was donated to the "Sports" collection of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in 1979.  Winners of the award are now presented with a copy of the amphora made in silver by Tiffany & Co. 
Published since 1954, Sports Illustrated is dedicated to going beyond scores and statistics with in-depth features that highlight the athletes and stories across all sports that give meaning to the game. The magazine holds the distinction of being one of the first to recognize the popularity of professional football in America, and its valued scouting reports and recruiting coverage has enhanced the following of that sport.
Throughout the year, preview issues are published for all major sports, such as college basketball, college football, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, and Major League Baseball. The magazine regularly covers both college and professional sports for both men and women throughout the year. The first weekly full-color sports magazine in America, Sports Illustrated features stunning photography, as well. Every year since it was first published, Sports Illustrated has recognized a "Sportsman of the Year," who is also honored with a special issue. Another popular annual issue is the "Moments of the Year" as determined by fans. However, its most famous annual special issue is Sports Illustrated "Swimsuit Issue."
First published in 1964, it has evolved into its own business including TV shows, videos, and annual swimsuit calendars.
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