Seattle Sports stars compassion and stand for justice evident in ESPYS Awards Show

The City of Seattle has always been a hub for entrepreneurship and activism. This year’s annual ESPYS Awards were virtual and hosted by Russell Wilson, Sue Bird, and Megan Rapinoe all Seattle athletes. The Seahawks quarterback, OL Reign Midfielder, and Storm Point guard kicked off Sundays show on ESPN with an inspiring video calling for change.

The show’s focus has always been about perseverance, spirit, and dedication in difficult times. Sunday’s winners embodied those traits. Minnesota Twins outfielder Nelson Cruz received the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award in a videotaped piece by Laila Ali the former Champions daughter. Cruz won the award for building a police station, a medical clinic, and the acquisition of a fire truck and gear in his home town of Las Matas de Santa Cruz in the Dominican Republic.

Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin handed out the Jimmy V award for perseverance to Taquarius “TQ” Wair, who as a 4-year-old survived a house fire in 2005 that killed his 6-year- sister. After sustaining burns all over his body Wair was given a 205 chance to live. Despite losing fingers on his left hand Wair, is playing football at a junior college in Minnesota, with the goal of playing at a four-school then the NFL.

The complete nominees and winners list.

Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award

WINNER: Nelson Cruz, Minnesota Twins

Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers

Devin and Jason McCourty, New England Patriots

Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx

Titus O’Neil, WWE

Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year

Denver Broncos

WINNER: Los Angeles Dodgers

New York City FC

Sacramento Kings

Corporate Community Impact Award


Anthem Foundation


Burton Snowboards

Peach Bowl

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