The Sports Humanitarian Awards

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The Sports Humanitarian Awards celebrate and honor athletes, teams, leagues and members of the sports industry for using sport to make a positive impact on society.

Now in its seventh year, the evening, which takes place annually in July, recognizes incredible changemakers that are using the power of sports to uplift communities. An independent selection committee selects the Sports Humanitarian Award winners - athletes, teams, leagues and corporations who are taking on some of today's most pressing needs. An ESPN committee selects the ENSPIRE Award winners - those in the sports sector taking risk and using innovation to help the disadvantaged.

ESPN grants $1 million to the charities of the nominees and winners. In addition, the net proceeds of the event benefit the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund at the V Foundation, which encourages cutting-edge research for African Americans, Hispanics and other minority populations suffering from cancer. $12.4 million has been donated to the community on behalf of the Sports Humanitarian Awards since its inception seven years ago.

2021 Honorees:

Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award (click to view link)

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Kansas City Chiefs

Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Award (click to view link)

Atlanta Dream

Corporate Community Impact Award (click to view link)


League Humanitarian Leadership Award (click to view link)


Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award (click to view link)

Adom Appiah, Tory Bailey, Gabriel Banuelos, Jacob Eusebio, Amani Shah, Holly Wilson

Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Awards (click to view link)

Frank Kipp, Blackfeet Boxing

Joe Torre, Special Assistant to the MLB Commissioner

Tom Walter and Kevin Jordan, Get In the Game

Sports Philanthropist of the Year Award (click to view link)

Arthur M. Blank

Marvel's Earth's Mightiest Athletes (click to view link)

Julie Ertz, United States Women's National Team

Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz

Francis, Ngannou, UFC Heavyweight Champion

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Sports Sustainability Leadership Award (click to view link)

adidas (2019)