- Share this article on Facebook
- Share this article on Twitter
- Share this article on Email
- Show additional share options
- Share this article on Print
- Share this article on Comment
- Share this article on Whatsapp
- Share this article on Linkedin
- Share this article on Reddit
- Share this article on Pinit
- Share this article on Tumblr
Muhammad Ali would be thrilled that the ESPN award that recognizes positive impact in society from the sports world has been renamed after him, his daughter, Laila Ali, told The Hollywood Reporter.
For the third year in a row, Ali will host the Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards.
And while she has a blast every year, she told THR the renaming of the signature award after her late father makes the event that much more special.
“I think it is amazing. I am super excited,” she said. “They mentioned to me last year [the rename] was a possibility, and I am happy they were able to make it happen.”
As for her father’s reaction, Ali said he would have been thrilled.
“My dad was very humble, but at the same time, he loved attention, so he would love being recognized,” Ali said. “He would be honored.”
The Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award is given “to an athlete whose continuous, demonstrated leadership has created a measured, positive impact on their community through sports,” according to ESPN.
This year’s finalists are Ernie Els (PGA Tour), Larry Fitzgerald (NFL’s Arizona Cardinals), Mark Giordano (NHL’s Calgary Flames) and Curtis Granderson (MLB’s New York Mets).
“Those who are honorees are reflective of my father’s incredible legacy,” Ali said.
The event will be held July 11 at L.A. Live’s The Novo, a move from that facility’s Conga Room due to the event’s growth.
Ali will be joined for the first time by a co-host, ESPN’s Mike Greenberg.
The other awards and finalists are as follows.
Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Award — Chicago White Sox (MLB), Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), New York City Football Club (MLS) and San Francisco 49ers (NFL).
Corporate Community Impact Award — Chevron, Dick’s Sporting Goods, HOK and Under Armour.
League Humanitarian Leadership Award — finalists not announced in advance.
Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award — WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon, Orlando City Soccer Club and the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality.
Sign up for THR news straight to your inbox every day
More from The Hollywood Reporter
Tony Shalhoub to Play Disgraced Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn in Michael Winterbottom TV Drama ‘Fall of the God of Cars’ for Fremantle
‘Daisy Jones & The Six’ Showrunners on Depicting Women in the ’70s, the Final Concert and That Hopeful Ending
Shawn Ryan Opens Up About WGA Negotiations, Netflix’s ‘Night Agent’ and How ‘Terriers’ Was Ahead of Its Time