The Golden Wings Awards, which enters its second year, is an end-of-the-year award ceremony for the Tennessee Tech University student-athletes to honor and celebrate their academic and athletic accomplishments over the past complete seasons. The timeframe of the awards period is the current season (2016-17 in this instance) except for baseball, softball and outdoor track & field. With those sports still competing with a large portion of their seasons still left, the previous spring campaigns (2016 in this instance) are recognized. New to this year's Golden Wings Awards are the addition of the annual Male and Female Athlete of the Year and Man and Woman of the Year awards, Tech's original four annual athletic awards. The Man and Woman of the Year awards encompass the 2016-17 period for all sports.
The awards night is an ESPYs style show, webstreamed live on the OVC Digital Network and features video-based production and a gala "Purple Carpet" reception prior to the show. For the first time in 2017, the Golden Wings Awards will be opened to the public with tickets available for $20 at the TTU ticket office or by calling 931-372-3940.