Maya Moore announced as finalist for ESPN’s Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award

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A winner at basketball and a winner at life, one of the WNBA’s all-time greats is up for what is consider a major sports honor.

ESPN announced that the Sports Humanitarian Awards would be done in combination with this year’s ESPY Awards that will air on ESPN at 9 p.m. eastern. One of the finalists for this year’s Sports Humanitarian Award is the W’s very own Maya Moore.

After an illustrious career in the WNBA that saw her lead the Minnesota Lynx to four championships in the 2010s for the W’s second dynasty (late 90s Houston Comets), Moore stepped away from the game to focus on criminal justice.

Moore put her focus towards the case of Jonathan irons who hails from Moore’s home state of Missouri. Her efforts made a major difference recently as a judge in Cole County, Missouri.

Other nominees for the award include Devin and Jason McCourty of the New England Patriots, Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Nelson Cruz of the Minnesota Twins and WWE’s Titus O’Neil.

Four finalists were also announced for the Sports Humanitarian Team of the year – the Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Sacramento Kings and New York City FC.


For six years, ESPN has been honored to telecast the Sports Humanitarian Awards, which highlights the impact that sports has to create social change, and we’re excited to carry that narrative through the ESPYs and our other platforms.

–Kevin Martinez, vice president, ESPN Corporate Citizenship (press release)

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