NBPA Announces 2nd Annual Players’ Voice Awards NextGen

NBPA Announces 2nd Annual Players’ Voice Awards NextGen

Presented by Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), PVA NextGen is a platform for middle school and high school-aged basketball players to recognize and honor their peers for skills and achievements both on and off the court

NEW YORK, NY, July 1, 2022 - The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced earlier this week the launch of its 2nd annual NBPA Players’ Voice Awards (PVA) NextGen. Presented by HSS and SLAM, PVA NextGen is a platform created for middle school and high school-aged basketball players to recognize and honor their peers for skills and achievements both on and off the court. PVA NextGen is designed to emulate the NBPA’s Players’ Voice Awards, which were first created in 2015 to provide current NBA players the opportunity to vote and recognize each other for their individual accomplishments both on and off the court. 

Last year, more than 159,000 fans engaged with the awards and the winners were selected from all over the country. This year, the NBPA has once again teamed up with SLAM, the global basketball brand and leading publisher of hoops culture, to promote and amplify the PVA NextGen nomination submission and voting process. 

The 2022 PVA NextGen winners will each receive a $2,000 grant courtesy of HSS to support their basketball organization. They will also be recognized on SLAM’s social channels and honored in an on-court ceremony with a current NBPA member at this year's SLAM Summer Classic in New York City.

PVA NextGen is presented by HSS, a key partner of the NBPA. Ranked No. 1 for orthopedics 12 years in a row by U.S. News & World Report (2021-2022), HSS is dedicated to helping people, including young athletes, get back to what they need and love to do better than any other place in the world.

“Young athletes become successful with intense preparation to develop their skills. However, their character speaks to the kind of person they will be on and off the court,” said Benedict Nwachukwu, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS and NBPA medical consultant. “HSS is a proud sponsor of the PVA NexGen awards. The young athletes honored have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to making life better for themselves, their teammates, schools, and communities. This is another proof point, as to how middle and high school sports build integrity, respect, and leadership skills.”

The award categories for PVA NextGen include:

The Locksmith Award - This award is dedicated to the lockdown defender who anchors the team defensively with his or her presence and energy.

The Mr. / Ms. Clutch Award - This award is designed for the go-to player who is ready to step up and hit the big shot when the clock is winding down and the game is on the line.

The Best Signature Move, Presented by HSS - This award is for the player whose signature move dominates the league's defenders over and over again.

The People’s Champ Award - This award is dedicated to the player who gives as much off the court as they do on it, always striving to make his or her community better through service and advocacy.

The Backbone Award - This award is for the player who represents the heart and soul of the team, a leader who brings everyone together through the ups and downs of the season.

The Sneaker Champ Award - This award is dedicated to the player with the best sneaker style on and off the court.

Nominations for PVA NextGen are now open and will close in mid-July with category finalists announced on August 8, 2021. Nominations can be made at

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About the NBPA

The National Basketball Players Association is the union for current professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Established in 1954, the NBPA’s mission is to protect and support the rights and talents of our players, magnify the power of their collective will, and amplify their voices as leaders who will transcend sport and society globally.

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About HSS

HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the 12th consecutive year), No. 4 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2021-2022), and the best pediatric orthopedic hospital in NY, NJ and CT by U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” list (2022-2023). In a survey of medical professionals in more than 20 countries by Newsweek, HSS is ranked world #1 in orthopedics for a second consecutive year (2022). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has the lowest complication and readmission rates in the nation for orthopedics, and among the lowest infection rates. HSS was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center five consecutive times. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State, as well as in Florida. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Innovation Institute works to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The HSS Education Institute is a trusted leader in advancing musculoskeletal knowledge and research for physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, academic trainees, and consumers in more than 145 countries. The institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.

About SLAM

For 28 years and counting, SLAM has been the most authentic brand in basketball storytelling. What started as a magazine in 1994 has now grown into a global lifestyle brand and multimedia property with 20-plus social channels, a burgeoning merchandise division and multiple franchise events annually. With over 16 million engaged followers across the globe, SLAM and its channels reach fans of the NBA, WNBA, college and high school and the worlds of fashion, sneakers, gaming and more in a unique and trusted voice. The cover of SLAM remains the Holy Grail for basketball players; if you want to play in the NBA or WNBA you want to be on the cover of SLAM.