Support Ross for Stephen Medal
Thursday 29 August 2013 2:56 PM
Experienced Sharks forward Ben Ross, a player passionate in his support of community programs and initiatives, is a more than worthy nominee for the prestigious Ken Stephen Medal.
Ross, who assists young mentally and physically disabled people as an Ambassador for the R U OK? Foundation and who is currently organising a charity golf day to raise funds for a long-time Sharks fan with a severe and rare case of cerebral palsy, represents all that is good about the NRL and those players committed to community service.
Now as one of 16 nominees for the Ken Stephen Medal, needs the support of Sharks fans with voting lines now open for fans to have their say on which NRL star should be awarded the prestigious 2013 Ken Stephen Medal presented by Telstra, at the annual One Community Awards next month.
Among the other 15 finalists for the award won last year by Cowboys hero Johnathan Thurston, are Club Captains Michael Ennis, Terry Campese, Ben Creagh, Tim Mannah, Kurt Gidley and Nate Myles.
Fans are being urged to log on to www.NRL.com/kenstephenmedal to vote for the player who has not only achieved on the field, but who has also had a positive impact on the wider community.
Established in 1988, the Medal is named after the late Ken Stephen, who dedicated more than 28 years to Rugby League as a player, community advocate and administrator with this year’s winner to receive $5,000 and a further $5,000 to be donated to the winner’s favourite charity, courtesy of Telstra.
The announcement will be made on Monday, 30 September, at Sydney’s Town Hall at the annual One Community Awards, which kick-offs the 2013 Telstra Premiership Grand Final Week of celebrations.
The awards night is an inspiring evening of celebration for the contributions made by Rugby League’s unsung heroes including volunteers, grassroots clubs, teachers, students, and NRL players.
The finalists for the 2013 Ken Stephen Medal are:
Sharks - Ben Ross
Broncos - Scott Prince
Bulldogs - Michael Ennis (Captain)
Raiders - Terry Campese (Captain)
Cowboys - Brent Tate
Dragons - Ben Creagh (Captain)
Eels - Tim Mannah (Co-captain)
Knights - Kurt Gidley (Captain)
Sea Eagles - Joe Galuvao
Panthers - Clint Newton
Roosters - Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
Storm - Billy Slater
Titans - Nate Myles (Co-captain)
Warriors - Steve Rapira
Wests Tigers - Lote Tuqiri
The One Community Awards has a prize pool of over $50,000 across eight award categories including the Ken Stephen Medal presented by Telstra, Holden National Volunteer of the Year, Harvey Norman Women in League Achievement Awards (Professional and Volunteer), Telstra One Community Grassroots Club of the Year, AAMI Service to Refereeing, AAMI Service to the Community Award, National Teacher of the Year (Primary and Secondary School) and the Young Indigenous Learn Earn Legend! Award.
Follow the NRL One Community Twitter feed @rlonecommunity and the official NRL Twitter feed @NRL, and ‘like’ the NRL One Community Facebook page to keep up to date with all of the latest information.
To vote for Ben Ross or to find out more about any of the other players nominated for the the Ken Stephens Medal, click on the following link.