LOS ANGELES (AP) — The San Francisco Giants, the NBA and Los Angeles Clippers All-Star guard Chris Paul were among the winners at the Sports Humanitarian of the Year awards Tuesday night.
The Giants won the team of the year award; the NBA won the League Humanitarian Leadership award; Paul won as sports humanitarian; and Bank of America won the Corporate Community Impact award at the second annual show hosted by Laila Ali at the Conga Room in downtown Los Angeles. It honors those who have used the power of sports to make a positive impact on society.
The Giants’ Junior Giants program helps end violence in impoverished areas in Northern California. The NBA won for its social impact, including engaging kids in basketball at over 750 events across New York City during the All-Star Game in February.
Paul was honored as an athlete who created a positive impact on his community through sports, helping open a renovated Boys & Girls Club in South Los Angeles. Bank of America started a national movement for inclusion and respect for everyone.
Tennis player Billie Jean King, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the 2015 Missouri football team were honored with Stuart Scott Enspire awards for taking risks and using innovative approaches to help the disadvantaged through sports.
The net proceeds from the awards benefited the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund at the V Foundation, named for the late ESPN “SportsCenter” host. ESPN will grant $800,000 to the charities of the nominees and winners. The sports cable network also donated $100,000 to the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky, in honor of the boxer who died last month.
Highlights of the show air July 15 on ESPN.