Award Categories & Nominations

The RVA Sports Awards will not only celebrate local athletic achievements from 2021, but honor those who aim to better the Richmond region through sport. It will also be our distinct pleasure to recognize the winner of the inaugural Trailblazer Award, given nationally to an individual who has advanced the sports industry through significant societal impact.

National Trailblazer Award

Trailblazer Award - Given annually to an individual who is a pioneer in sports and innovates change through significant societal impact. 

Local Awards

Female Athlete of the Year - Given to a local female athlete who is currently participating in amateur, high school, collegiate or professional sports. This athlete exemplifies all the positive aspects of sport and has made a positive impact on the Richmond community in 2021. Nominate an athlete here.

Male Athlete of the Year - Given to a local male athlete who is currently participating in amateur, high school, collegiate or professional sports. This athlete exemplifies all the positive aspects of sport and has made a positive impact on the Richmond community in 2021. Nominate an athlete here.

Team of the Year - Given to a team who is currently participating in amateur, high school, collegiate or professional sports. This team exemplifies all the positive aspects of sport and has made a positive impact on the Richmond community in 2021. Nominate a team here.

Coach of the Year - Given to a male or female coach who is currently or has been a coach in amateur, high school, collegiate or professional sports. This coach exemplifies all the positive aspects of sport and has made a positive impact on the Richmond community in 2021. Nominate a coach here.

Rebkee logoMoment of the Year - Given to a moment from a game or competition in the past year that energized RVA sports fans, displayed remarkable athletic skill or demonstrated incredible sportsmanship. Nominate a moment here.

Community Champion Award - Given to an individual sports fan, volunteer or advocate that has made a public and longstanding commitment to sports in the Richmond community and is committed to bettering the region through sports.

Lifetime Achievement Award - Given to an individual who, during their lifetimes, has excelled on the athletic field, bettered the Region through sport, and been a role-model for generations to come. 

Nominations

A distinguished panel is responsible for selecting the three finalists from the nominations for the Female Athlete of the Year, Male Athlete of the Year, Team of the Year, Coach of the Year & Moment of the Year. Nominations for these categories can be submitted here.

Fan voting for the three finalists will begin at WTVR.com on December 15, 2021 and will determine the award winner for each category announced at the 2022 RVA Sports Awards. The winner of the RVA Community Champion Award and the National Trailblazer Award will be determined by the distinguished panel and announced at the 2022 RVA Sports Awards.