Twins outfielder Nelson Cruz, Devin and Jason McCourty of the New England Patriots, Maya Moore of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx and WWE’s Titus O’Neill join Love as finalists for the award.
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. The candidate must embrace the core principles that Muhammad Ali embodied so well, including confidence, conviction, dedication, giving and respect.
Love is being recognized for his commitment to normalizing the conversation around mental health.
Love regularly engages with children who suffer from depression and anxiety and find encouragement in his story. Through the Kevin Love Fund (KLF), he’s developing an education curriculum designed to destigmatize challenges with mental health and to model the presence of emotion as an important dimension of the human experience, with a goal of reaching millions of students. The KLF also is endowing a Research Chair at UCLA that will empower eminent UCLA psychologists working to revolutionize treatments for anxiety and depression and give hope to millions of sufferers around the world.
At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Love was the first NBA star to commit to assisting out of work arena workers who lost income due to cancelled games and events. Love promised $100,000 and multiple NBA players followed suit with various contributions of their own to arena workers for their respective teams.
The sixth annual Sports Humanitarian Awards will combine with The 2020 ESPYS for a singular broadcast June 21 on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET.