The 2021 Sports Humanitarian Awards
There are presently no open calls for submissions.
The Sports Humanitarian Awards
The Sports Humanitarian Awards celebrate and honor athletes, teams and sports industry professionals who use the power of sport to make a difference in their communities. A televised special will feature these changemakers and showcase their incredible impact on society.
Nominations are due Friday, April 16 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Nominations for the Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award are due Monday, May 10 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award - The Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award is given to a professional, Olympic or Paralympic athlete whose continuous, demonstrated leadership has created a measured positive impact on their community through sports. Find more information about this Award here.
Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award - The Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award celebrates and honors high school and college students who are using the power of sport as a catalyst for change and making a positive impact on society. Find more information about this Award here.
League Humanitarian Leadership Award - The League Humanitarian Leadership Award honors a professional sports league for driving social impact by using all of its systematic resources. Find more information about this Award here.
Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year - The Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Award represents a collegiate, professional, Olympic or Paralympic sports team that demonstrates how teamwork can create a measurable impact on a community or cause. Find more information about this Award here.
Corporate Community Impact Award - The Corporate Community Impact Award recognizes a corporation that utilizes their business platform and the power of sports to help advance a social issue, cause or community organization. Find more information about this Award here.
Sports Philanthropist of the Year Award - The Sports Philanthropist of the Year Award celebrates someone that is creating measurable social change through sports by using a comprehensive philanthropic funding strategy. This may be a team owner, a former athlete, a current or former front office executive or coach or an individual whose primary charitable giving is directed towards sports. Find more information about this Award here.
Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award - In honor of former ESPN commentator Stuart Scott, this award celebrates individuals that have taken risks and used an innovative approach to helping the disadvantaged through the power of sports. Find more information about this Award here.
ESPN will donate $1 million on behalf of the honorees. The winners of the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award, Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year and Corporate Community Impact Award, will receive a $100,000 grant to their charity of choice, and three finalists will receive a $25,000 grant to their charity of choice.
Additionally, honorees of the League Humanitarian Leadership Award, Sports Philanthropist of the Year Award and the Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Awards also will receive a $100,000 grant made to their charity of their choice.
Recipients of the Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award will either receive a one-time $10,000 college scholarship or a grant to an eligible nonprofit aligned with their work.
All net proceeds from the Sports Humanitarian Awards 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. In the last seven years, $12.4 million has been distributed to the community on behalf of the Sports Humanitarian Awards.
Information on past winners is available here.
- All award submissions are due by Friday, April 16.
- Consideration will be given to collegiate, professional, Olympic or Paralympic athletes who did not participate in sporting competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- All nominations should include metrics, including goals, measurements and impact. Keep in mind that the quantity of programs is less important than the quality of the program with a measured impact.
- In recognition of the honorees, ESPN will make grants on behalf of their award-winning efforts. Honorees must accept their award in order for their designated charity to receive the grant.
- Finalists will be notified by the end of May, and a press release announcing the finalists will be posted in June.
To see past honorees of the Sports Humanitarian Awards, visit the ESPN Corporate Citizenship site.
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