Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards

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The Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards is an annual event that celebrates athletes and teams that have made an impact in their communities through their charitable endeavors. The show is produced by ESPN, and Laila Ali, Lance Bass, and Malcolm Bodon were the hosts for the 2017 edition.

The show features a variety of awards, including the Humanitarian of the Year award, which is presented to an athlete who has shown a deep commitment to philanthropy through their foundation or charity work. Other awards include the League Humanitarian Leadership Award, which honors a professional sports league for their efforts to make a difference in their community, and the Sports Team of the Year award, which recognizes a sports team that has contributed significantly to their community.

In addition to the awards, the show features individual stories of athletes and teams who have made a difference through their charitable work. These stories focus on the impact that these individuals and groups have had on their communities, and the challenges they face in their efforts to make a difference.

Throughout the show, the hosts provide commentary and insight into the awards and the individuals and teams being honored. They also conduct interviews with award recipients and other guests, providing a deeper understanding of the athletes and their charitable endeavors.

One of the standout moments of the show was the presentation of the Humanitarian of the Year award to Chris Paul, an NBA player who has been heavily involved in charitable work throughout his career. Paul has founded several organizations, including the Chris Paul Family Foundation, which focuses on education, health, and social responsibility. The award was presented to Paul by his friend and fellow NBA player, Dwyane Wade.

Another notable moment was the presentation of the Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award to the Urban Dove Team Charter School, a high school in New York City that provides education and leadership training for at-risk youth. The award was presented by Billie Jean King herself, who spoke about the importance of education and leadership development for young people.

Overall, the Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards is a heartwarming and inspiring event that showcases the positive impact that athletes can have on their communities. The 2017 edition, hosted by Laila Ali, Lance Bass, and Malcolm Bodon, was no exception, featuring powerful stories of individuals and teams making a difference in the world.

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7th Annual Sports Humanitarian Awards
1. 7th Annual Sports Humanitarian Awards
July 12, 2021
This year's nominees include Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award presented by Dove Men+Care finalists: Anthony Rizzo (Chicago Cubs), Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (Kansas City Chiefs), Layshia Clarendon (Minnesota Lynx), Titus O'Neil (WWE) Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year finalists: Atlanta Dream (WNBA), Denver Broncos (NFL), New York City FC (MLS), Toronto Blue Jays (MLB) Corporate Community Impact Award finalists: AT&T, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, Vertex Pharmaceuticals New this year, the Sports Humanitarian Awards will introduce Marvel's Earth's Mightiest Athletes, a collective of inspiring athletes that mirror Marvel heroes with their extraordinary abilities on the field, and their commitment to making a positive impact off of it. The Awards will be hosted by actor and author Taye Diggs, and will feature a performance by Grammy-nominated Cordae, as part of The Undefeated's Liberated / Music For The Movement Volume 3.
  • Premiere Date
    July 25, 2017