On behalf of the Board of Directors of Texas Bicycle Motocross Hall of Fame, I am pleased to announce the annual “Ryan Sheehan Spirit Award”. This award will be given to one person each year that exemplifies the sportsmanship and commitment to the sport of BMX that the late Ryan Sheehan showed during his BMX career.
Ryan possessed an intense love of the BMX sport that showed in every way. During his career, which started in 1983, he was always the first person at the track and the last to leave. He would help beginners with gate starts and give advice, or would hang out with the superstars and international riders. He would lend you his bike or pick you up off the track when you fell. He loved every aspect of BMX racing. BMX Spirit is never about the biggest trophy or the most points or what number is on your plate. It is being a part of a BMX family of racers and lasting friendships. His years of BMX were his happiest and for that our BMX family will be forever grateful.
Each BMX track in Texas is allowed to nominate one person for this award. The nominee can be a rider, sibling, parent, or other supporter from the local track. They can be currently involved or someone you want to recognize from the past. The methodology of how the nominee is chosen is left up to each track operator.