Steve Gleason, a former defensive back for the New Orleans Saints, has been named a Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award Honoree, according to a Tuesday ESPN report. Additionally, Anthony Barr, an NFL free agency linebacker, was selected as a finalist for the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award. The Denver Broncos were also named a finalist for Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year. At the awards presentation, Chris Evert and Dikembe Mutombo will also be in attendance.
According to ESPN, “a celebration of the impact made by athletes, teams, and sports business professionals who are utilizing sports to make a difference in their communities and around the world,” the eighth annual Sports Humanitarian Awards are presented. The 2022 ESPYS will include honorees for the Sports Humanitarian Awards.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often known as Lou Gehrig’s illness, was identified in Gleason in 2011. Since then, he has spearheaded initiatives through his Team Gleason organization to empower ALS sufferers with technology and assistance so they may live longer, more productive lives. Gleason received the Congressional Gold Medal in January 2020.