(Novo Theatre – L.A. Live)—The Fifth Annual Sports Humanitarian Awards, sponsored by ESPN and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. took place on Tuesday, 7/9/19, at the Novo Theatre located in the driving and thriving pulse of downtown’s L.A. Live. These Awards are a celebration of the impact made by athletes, teams, and sports industry professionals who use the power of sports to make a difference throughout the world.
The program was hosted for the first time by Grammy Award winner, singer, and songwriter Ciara. It featured awards in the following categories: 1) Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award; 2) Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year; 3) Corporate Community Impact Award; and 4) Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award. There was also acknowledgement of the inaugural Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award and the Sports Sustainability Leadership Award, along with the League Humanitarian Leadership Award.
Special Editor’s Note: Highlights of this Awards program will be aired on ESPN, Thursday, July 18th at 7:00 pm/ET 10:00 pm/PT.
East L.A. Sports Scene was stationed in a great spot for the pass-through of all Red Carpet talents and personalities who made their appearances just prior to the start of the festivities. These Awards also served as a prequel to the world famous ESPYs, (Excellence in Sports Performances Yearly) which took place the next day on Wednesday, 7/10/19, at the Microsoft Theatre, adjacent to the Staples Center.
Captured in our interviews were the following athletes and high-profiled personalities: Sydni and Taelor, the daughters of the great, late, and beloved ESPN Sportscaster, Stuart Scott; Henry Cejudo, MMA Fighter, UFC’s Featherweight and Bantamweight Champion and 2008 Beijing Olympic Summer Games Gold Medalist in Freestyle Wrestling; Billie Jean King, Cal State L.A. Alumnae, former World’s #1 Professional Tennis player & champion; Myles Garrett/#95/NFL’s Cleveland Browns, 2nd Team All-Pro/Defensive End, Selected to Pro-Bowl. Myles is also a partner with the retired Chris Long and his world acclaimed Waterboy Project; Reggie Bullock, recently traded by the Lakers to the New York Knicks and a proud finalist for the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award; Michael Johnson, Sprinter, 4 x Olympic Gold Medalist in 200/400/4 x 400 meter relay, now retired, American Track & Field; Caron Butler, retired NBA player, 2 x All-Star, former L.A. Laker, and current NBA analyst; Nicohl Whiteman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)/Spokesperson, L.A. Dodgers Foundation; and Laila Ali, former Undefeated World Boxing Champion, cookbook author, and CEO.
Photo Gallery: Erik Sarni, East L.A. Sports Scene Productions
ESPN will make charitable contributions on behalf of the award nominees. Additionally, the net proceeds of the event will once again benefit the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Fund at the V Foundation. To date, $7.5 million has ben donated to the community on behalf of the Sports Humanitarian Awards.