Jerry Reinsdorf earns award

MINNEAPOLIS -- White Sox and Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf will join an exclusive group when he is honored next week at the 39th annual Jefferson Awards in Washington D.C.

Reinsdorf is among 13 recipients of the honor, considered the Nobel Prize of community service. Among his fellow honorees on Tuesday at the National Building Museum are: U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Share Our Strength founder Bill Shore, former Atlanta Falcons running back Warrick Dunn and Cell Phones for Soldiers founders Brittany and Robbie Bergquist.

Among the charitable endeavors that Reinsdorf oversees are White Sox Charities and CharitaBulls organizations linked to each team. He is also active in major charity projects through Major League Baseball.

"This is truly a wonderful recognition, one that I am very humbled and honored to receive," Reinsdorf said in a release. "I'm thankful to all who have had a hand in helping along the way. All sports teams have a responsibility to give back to the fans and the communities that support them. Hopefully, we've done our own small part in improving the quality of life for Chicagoans of all ages, races and genders."

Reinsdorf's award was in the category of greatest public service benefiting the disadvantaged.

Past Jefferson Award winners include: Lance Armstrong, Oprah Winfrey, Bill and Melinda Gates, Dr. C. Everett Koop, General Colin Powell and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.