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As part of the Spirit of the Springs initiative, the Mayor's Office presents a variety of awards to outstanding individuals and organizations in Colorado Springs. 




Celebration Award

This award celebrates the outstanding achievement of an individual or organization in Colorado Springs. The award is presented to the recipient by the Mayor or an official designee.

Inspirational Leader Award

This award recognizes an individual whose leadership in our city inspires others to contribute in similar ways. The award is presented to the recipient by the Mayor of an official designee.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is presented once a year during the Mayor’s State of the City address each fall. The recipient is recognized for notable achievements and lifelong contributions to the City of Colorado Springs.

Who Qualifies for a Spirit of the Springs Award?

Any citizen who lives or participates in an activity in the City of Colorado Springs or on any of the local military installations may receive a Spirit of the Springs award.  The Mayor will honor a volunteer activity or noteworthy achievement that brings great honor and pride to the City of Colorado Springs and/or has been distinguished at a state, national or international level. The Office of the Mayor makes the final determination on all Spirit of the Springs Award recipients.

Nominate someone

Do you know of an individual who qualifies for a Spirit of the Springs Celebration or Inspirational Leader Award? Click on the form below to nominate them, or email Thomas.Thompson@ColoradoSprings.gov.

Spirit of the Springs Nomination Form


Please review the Spirit of the Springs FAQ page for any questions. If your question is not listed please send an email to Thomas.Thompson@ColoradoSprings.gov or via our contact page.  

Past Winners


Doug Price – Celebration Award

Mayor John Suthers presented a Spirit of the Springs Celebration Award on Wednesday, March 22 to Doug Price, Visit Colorado Springs president and CEO, during a surprise presentation at the Visit Colorado Springs’ annual business meeting.

As a founding member of the Olympic City USA Task Force, Price played an integral role in launching the Olympic City USA brand in 2015 and continues to steward efforts focused on creating sustained economic growth and enhancing civic pride. He has also been an advocate for the City for Champions projects, which include Weidner Field, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, the Hybl Sports Medicine Center at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Robson Arena at Colorado College, and the relocation and expansion of the U.S. Air Force Academy Gateway Visitor Center.

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John Register – Inspirational Leader Award

Mayor John Suthers presented the Spirit of the Springs Inspirational Leader Award to John Register, a U.S. Army veteran and two-time Paralympian, at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum on Jan. 12. As a member of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, Register learned to embrace a “new normal” after becoming an amputee following a misstep over a hurdle while training for the 1996 Olympic Games. He has since inspired millions of people around the world through his “Hurdling Adversity” speeches and podcasts. 

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