The Dodgers were named a finalist for Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year, the second straight year they’re a finalist for an award that “demonstrates how teamwork can create a measurable impact on a community or cause.”
Along with the Dodgers, other finalists for the team award are the Denver Broncos, Sacramento Kings, and New York City Football Club. The winner will be announced during the ESPY awards on June 21, on ESPN.
The ESPYs have been around for over two decades now, normally filling that rare spot on the calendar just after the MLB All-Star Game, usually one of the only days on the calendar without any of the major U.S. professional sports. But for the last 10 weeks during the coronavirus pandemic, no sports have been the norm. So the ESPYs were moved up.
The Dodgers were recognized for their work through the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, which to date has raised over $30 million in the L.A. area.
“For Angelenos with limited access to education, sports, and healthcare, we strive to be a champion that increases the quality of life and confidence of the people we serve,” LADF CEO Nichol Whiteman said in a statement. “We are honored by this recognition and the ability to use the historic Dodger brand and the power of sport to run and fund proven programs that impact the lives of those who need it most.”
The ESPY awards will be televised on ESPN beginning at 6 p.m. PT on June 21.