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Burton Wins A 2020 Sports Humanitarian Award


Humanitarianism and sports have gone together for a long time. To honor athletes, teams, leagues, and other members and organizations in the sports industry, ESPN has, for the sixth year in a row, honored those in the industry that have made a positive impact with the 2020 Sports Humanitarian Awards.

"The sixth annual Sports Humanitarian Awards, sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb, were awarded throughout the past week via announcements on Get Up and SportsCenter, with the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award presented by Dove Men+Care, the Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award presented by Anthem Foundation, and the Sports Humanitarian Team Award sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb presented tonight during The 2020 ESPYS Presented by Capital One." - ESPN Press Release

This year, a sports equipment manufacturer local to Vermont was presented with the Corporate Community Impact Award. Burton Snowboards, the most recognizable name in snowboarding and one of the most recognizable brands to call Vermont home, received this award for their work through Burton's own Chill Foundation. The Corporate Community Impact Award recognizes a corporation that utilizes its business platform and the power of sports to help advance a social issue, cause, or community organization.

"In the United States, there is a vulnerable segment of youth who do not have access to outdoor opportunities and consequently limits their ability to access experiences beyond their own challenging environments and step away from their daily norms. The Chill Foundation was founded by the owners of Burton Snowboards, Donna Carpenter, and the late Jake Burton Carpenter. Chill was created to provide access to boardsports for youth who would not otherwise have the opportunity, providing them year-round programming to snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing and stand up paddleboarding lessons at no cost. The youth-development program also addresses the inequalities around access to boardsports, as well as the potential for personal growth and development, while focusing on the resiliency of the participants to help them transfer many of their new skills and ideas to different circumstances they may face. Through Chill, boardsports have become a vehicle for self-empowerment and overcoming obstacles for more than 25,000 young people since the program started." - ESPN Press Release


Though Burton led the way for snowsports in this year's awards, other athletes, teams, leagues, and other organizations representing sports from across the seasons were honored. The other winners this year include:
  • Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award Presented by Dove Men+Care: Nelson Cruz (Minnesota Twins)
  • Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award Presented by Anthem Foundation Winners: Joel Apudo, Batouly Camara, Ally Friedman, Javonn Islar, Elijah Murphy, Chelsea Quito and Niah Woods
  • Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award Presented by UFC: The Hilinski Family
  • Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award Presented by Bristol Myers Squibb: WNBA & WNBPA
  • Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award Presented by Bristol Myers Squibb: Maryam Shojaei
  • Sports Philanthropist of the Year Award: Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
  • League Humanitarian of the Year Award: National Football League

The Awards once again benefitted the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund at the V Foundation for Cancer Research, which this year also received a $1 million donation from Bristol Myers Squibb to support minority scientists and researchers and improve outcomes of African Americans disproportionately affected by cancer. Additionally, ESPN will donate more than $1 million in charitable contributions on behalf of the award nominees and honorees. To date, $9.8 million has been donated to the community on behalf of the Sports Humanitarian Awards

If you would like more information on the 2020 Sports Humanitarian Awards, please follow the link below.

Nelson Cruz, Los Angeles Dodgers and Burton Snowboards Win 2020 Sports Humanitarian Awards - ESPN Press Room U.S.

The sixth annual Sports Humanitarian Awards, sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb, were awarded throughout the past week via announcements on Get Up and SportsCenter, with the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award presented by Dove Men+Care, the Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award presented by Anthem Foundation, and the Sports Humanitarian Team Award sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb presented tonight during The 2020 ESPYS Presented by Capitol One.

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