THE CATEGORIES FOR THE COMMUNITY PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

 

 

 

The Distinguished Sports Professional of the Year Award


This award is presented to an individual Black Male in recognition of his achievements on and off the field. He is recognized by not only his performance but also his character. The awardee embodies true sportsmanship; using his skills on and off the field to promote community, equality/equity; and is a source of inspiration and motivation for our youth. He displays resilience and courage in the face of adversity and humility and honor in any situation. His philanthropic endeavors promote education, health and wellness, and the positive development and upliftment of young Black males within the Rochester Community. This award is limited to Black Male athletes and coaches living in and impacting the greater Rochester area.

 

 

The Distinguished Performance Artist of the Year Award


This award is bestowed upon a Black Man who utilizes his visual arts talent to promote social justice, civil rights, and community upliftment. He is focused on empowerment, encouragement, and engagement through creative means. The Visual Artist of the Year is more than just an artist, he is a creator of community conversations to promote healing and growth of the Black Community. This award is limited to Black Male writers, poets, spoken word artists, dancers, comedians, singers, and actors living in and impacting the greater Rochester area.

 

 

The Distinguished Visual Artist of the Year Award


This award is bestowed upon a Black Man who utilizes his visual arts talent to promote social justice, civil rights, and community upliftment. He is focused on empowerment, encouragement, and engagement through creative means. The Visual Artist of the Year is more than just an artist, he is a creator of community conversations to promote healing and growth of the Black Community. This award is limited to Black Male photographers, sculptors, painters, muralists, and other visual artists living in and impacting the greater Rochester area.

 

 

The Distinguished News/Media Professional of the Year Award


This award is given to an individual Black Male in recognition of his remarkable talent as a news/media personality as well as his ability to use his talent to uplift Rochester’s Black Community. The winner of this award recognizes the necessity to pursue social justice and civil rights thus using his influence to be hands on in the community to promote and work towards equity and equality. His philanthropy is in alignment with the mission and vision of Black Men Achieve and he exhibits the ideal characteristics of a BMA awardee: encouraging, empowering, and community-oriented. This award is limited to Black Men in print, radio, and television living in and impacting the greater Rochester area.

 

 

The Distinguished Health & Wellness Professional of the Year Award


The Distinguished Health & Wellness Professional of the Year award is presented to a Black male healthcare provider or leader in healthcare in Rochester who has exceeded the requirements expected of his position and has shown a distinct pattern of community service and professional achievement. This award honors individuals who are directly and effectively involved in community affairs and activities that enhance the quality of life of the Rochester community. This award is presented to one individual of any healthcare profession who has a notable record of achievements and service to the Rochester community.

 

 

The Distinguished Medical Professional of the Year Award


The Distinguished Medical Professional of the Year award is presented to a Black male healthcare provider or leader in healthcare in Rochester who has exceeded the requirements expected of his position and has shown a distinct pattern of community service and professional achievement. This award honors individuals who are directly and effectively involved in community affairs and activities that enhance the quality of life of the Rochester community. This award is presented to one individual of any healthcare profession who has a notable record of achievements and service to the Rochester community.

 

 

The Distinguished Legal Professional of the Year Award


The Distinguished Legal Professional of the Year award is presented to a Black male attorney or law firm in Rochester who demonstrates exemplary leadership, professionalism and commitment to the legal profession and to the Rochester community. This award recognizes attorneys who exhibits professional excellence, engages in extraordinary activity in his or her community, and donates their time and talent to help city residents who are unable to pay for services. In addition, this award recognizes their significant contributions in the pursuit of social justice, civil rights, community involvement and philanthropy in the Rochester community.

 

 

The Distinguished Tradesman of the Year Award


The Distinguished Tradesman of the Year award is presented to a Black male tradesman who has made a positive difference in the community and demonstrates unwavering support, dedication and enthusiasm for the betterment and growth of the City of Rochester. This award recognizes business leaders who have not just chosen to give their time to improve their community but who have been able to motivate, inspire and support others to do likewise. The award is given to individuals who have demonstrated service that has resulted in improvements and contributions to the quality of life in our communities. In addition, this award recognizes their significant contributions in the pursuit of social justice, civil rights, community involvement and philanthropy in the Rochester community.