New York, NY – Brad Miller, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., was voted by his fellow PBA Tour competitors as the 2020 PBA Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner in recognition of his sportsmanship on and off the lanes.
“It’s nice to be accepted within an organization I’m passionate about,” said Miller. “The PBA is the coolest place in the world in my eyes. I’m just trying to do the best I can and play my part. I really love trying to promote everyone involved and I think people have realized that.”
Although the 2020 season was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 30-year-old Miller still managed to have the best year of his career, qualifying for two televised finals appearances in addition to advancing to the round of eight in the PBA Playoffs. Miller finished the season ranked 10th in earnings, doubling his previous year’s total, and 11th overall in competition points.
“This whole year was so difficult in so many ways, but I think it’s a good turning point for me,” added Miller about receiving the award. “This is a nice little reminder that there is still work to do.”
Off the lanes, Miller serves as chairman of the PBA Players Committee. A group of touring players that share input from the entire membership on a variety of programs that impact professional bowlers. Along with Kyle Sherman, Miller also runs the Brad & Kyle YouTube channel, which gives their fans insight into PBA life through the players’ eyes.
“There’s only a small list of people that find joy in traveling the world trying to see how well they match up to the best and potentially make a few bucks,” said Miller. “It’s a special group. When the shoes come off, everybody has respect for each other and it’s pretty easy for me to cherish.”
First presented in 1966, the PBA’s sportsmanship award honors Steve Nagy, a PBA Hall of Famer and founding member who was instrumental to the success of the PBA Tour in its early years.
Miller was chosen by his peers from among four other finalists: Martin Larsen of Sweden, Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina; Canada’s Francois Lavoie; Brad Miller of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill.
For a complete list of previous PBA Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winners, please visit www.pba.com/player-resources/scholarships-and-awards/steve-nagy-sportsmanship-award.
About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.