The Ken Stephen Medal presented by Telstra recognises the efforts of an NRL player, who has not only achieved on the field, but has also committed time off the field to community projects. Ken Stephen was an administrator who devoted 28 years to the NSWRL in various capacities. He retired shortly before his death in 1988. Since 1988 the Award has honoured the likes of Wayne Pearce, Andrew Ettingshausen, Mark Coyne, Peter Sterling, Hazem El Masri, Nathan Hindmarsh and David Peachey for their contributions to the game and the community.
A player may be nominated by his club or a community representative or organisation for his involvement in charity work, youth development or community support that demonstrates his ability as a community role model.
The winner will have a history of donating their own time to assist community organisations, outside of regular Club commitments as well.
The general public has the opportunity to influence who wins the Ken Stephen Medal by voting for one of the nominees below: