Serving as an extension of the ESPYs, the first Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards show honored the Chicago Bulls and WNBA star Tamika Catchings on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. Held at the Conga Room at L.A. Live, the event was created to honor those in sports who make a positive difference in the community. The Bulls won the team category while Catchings, the WNBA FInals MVP in 2012, earned the individual honor.
We caught up with the event's host, former boxing champion Laila Ali, and other stars including Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Olympic icon Tommie Smith and softball star Jennie Finch for their thoughts on this ground-breaking function.
The event, a co-production of ESPN and PlayStation, also announced four winners for the Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award (ESPN + inspire). It was given for recognition of "taking risks and using innovation to help the disadvantaged." The recipients were Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, retired baseball commissioner Bud Selig and his wife, Sue; the You Can Play Project; and the "Like A Girl" campaign.
ESPN will televise highlights in a 30-minute special July 23. According to an AP report, "ESPN said more than $500,000 in net proceeds was raised for The V Foundation's Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Fund as well as funding grants."