- The award will be presented during the association’s Membership and Awards breakfast meeting on June 12 at the 2017 association’s convention in Orlando, Florida.
- A longtime association member, Hickman was heavily involved in college athletics throughout his career. He is a former member on the NCAA Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet, the NCAA Division I Management Council, the NCAA Legislative Review and Interpretations Committee, and the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee.
Winthrop University, "Tom Hickman Named Recipient of the 2017 Gary Cunningham Lifetime Achievement Award" (2017). Winthrop News 2017. 103.