The Jr. Knicks Coach of The Year program, presented by Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), celebrates coaches who embody the values that make a positive impact on young basketball players, both on the court and in the community. The Knicks and HSS will choose one of the nominees to receive a $10,000 equipment donation, up to $5,000 in facility rental coverage, Knicks swag for his or her team and be entered as the Knicks representative in the Jr. NBA's National Coach of the Year Program.
Coach Ken Stevens | Dyckman Youth Enterprises
Coach Stevens is the founder and director of Dyckman Youth Enterprises and the founder and CEO of Dyckman Basketball Tournament. Since its founding in 1990, Coach Stevens has been committed to ensuring the health, growth, and sustainability of the organization establishing a community-based program that assists over 500 families. Dyckman Youth Enterprises works to address the needs of the Dyckman community’s youth, by providing positive programs for underprivileged kids, such as academic readiness and youth employment. Ken built a haven for the youth, players and families from underserved communities to compete and participate in basketball programming without fear. While he works tirelessly to impact the community, he also provides the youth – who come from almost nothing – the resources needed and an opportunity to grow as basketball players and well-rounded individuals to become successful and decorated players in the game.
2021 Jr. Knicks Coach of the Year Winner | Clarence "Mugsy" Leggett | The Wiz Kids AAU
Clarence “Mugsy” Leggett is a Bronx native and legendary coach for the NYC basketball community. He founded The Wiz Kids Basketball Program with a mission to make positive change on the children of New York City while focusing on the importance of developing basic basketball skills and building their self-esteem. Over the last 30 years, he has made it his duty to serve the youth in his community by helping them accomplish their dreams on and off the court.
2021 Jr. Knicks Coach of the Year Runner-Up | Alhuseney Trawally
Alhuseney Trawally, founder of NY Fury, is a High School teacher from the South Bronx. He recognizes the importance of being a leader and coach in his community, especially in the South Bronx, and the need to empower young ladies to achieve whatever it is that they aspire to be. The Jr. Knicks and HSS presented NY Fury with $6,000 to support their organization.
2021 Jr. Knicks Coach of the Year Finalist | Alex Smith
Alex Smith, founder of the QB Ballers, has been coaching basketball in NYC for over 28 years. He is from Jackson Heights, Queens and coaches boys' and girls' basketball at various levels. Smith created the QB Ballers to level the playing field and give them more opportunities and exposure. The Jr. Knicks and HSS presented QB Ballers with $3,000 to support their organization.
Dedication and sacrifice for the betterment of his/her youth basketball organization.
Principles of fairness and respect – win, lose or draw, the coach has been honest.
Continually looks to improve and sacrifice without the expectation for a return.
Serves as a role model and mentor for young athletes on and off the court.
Participates in community service initiatives within his/her community.