Kevin Durant named a finalist for Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award

Honor to be announced on July 17 in Los Angeles

Karl Buscheck
June 19, 2018 - 1:05 pm

Kevin Durant, the back-to-back Finals MVP, is in the running for yet another prestigious honor, this one for his work off the court.

ESPN announced that Durant has been named a finalist for Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award. Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks, John Cena of the WWE and J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans are the other three finalists for award which will be announced July 17 at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

Durant is also a finalist for the NBA Community Community Assist Award. The winner will be announced on June 25 at the 2018 NBA Awards show on TNT. Durant had also been named a finalist for the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, which J.J. Barrea ultimately won.

Durant’s résumé for the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award is glittering.

Between his commitments to the University of Texas, the “Build It and They Will Ball” program, Colin Kaepernick’s “10 for 10” campaign, the Oakland Elizabeth House/Larkin Street Youth Services and the College Track program in his hometown of Prince George’s County, Md., Durant has committed more than $13 million to community causes this year.

He’s also invited more than 860 children and their families to Warriors home games.

Per ESPN, “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.”

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