The CHAMPS Gala recognizes student-athletes who have shown leadership within their teams and have achieved a 3.0 semester or cumulative GPR during a calendar year in which they represented Texas A&M through participation in intercollegiate athletics. In addition to having the award-winning student-athletes' names placed in the display cases of the Bright Complex, each award winner receives a handsome award at the annual Verizon/Texas A&M Champs Banquet that is traditionally held in early May. The Athletic Academic Awards Banquet is planned by SAAC in conjunction with CSAS. Highlights of the banquet include presentations of the Bill Erwin Scholar-Athletes of the Year, Superior Academic Achievement Awards (for student-athletes with a 4.0 semester), Distinguished Lettermen, Team GPA Awards, and Academic Inspiration awards.