ESPN Names HOK a Finalist for Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards
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HOK has been named a finalist for ESPN’s third annual Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards in the Corporate Community Impact category. Nominees and select honorees from across the world of sports were unveiled today for the awards, presented by ESPN and sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb.
The awards celebrate and honor leagues, teams, individuals and members of the sporting community that are using the power of sports to make a positive impact on society. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at L.A. LIVE’s The Novo on Tuesday, July 11.
The Corporate Community Impact Award recognizes a corporation that uses the power of sports to help advance a social issue, cause or community organization. Additional nominees for the Corporate Community Impact Award include Chevron, DICK’s Sporting Goods and Under Armour.
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HOK has been named a finalist for its Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice’s work designing environmentally smarter stadiums and arenas that decrease the footprint and increase the positive impact of the facilities on communities. HOK has designed sustainable sports facilities amounting to approximately $4 billion in built work, including the first professional stadium to pursue LEED Platinum (Mercedes-Benz Stadium), the first LEED Silver ballpark (Nationals Park) and the only salmon-safe certified stadium and the single largest LEED certified facility by seat count (Husky Stadium). Across their stadiums, HOK has saved energy use by an average of 18.75%; reduced water consumption by 38.4%; diverted an average of 80% of waste from landfills; and designed spaces that have produced more than 24 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables for their communities.
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HOK’s commitment to its communities extends to employees. To commemorate the firm’s 60th anniversary in 2015, employees worldwide contributed more than 5,700 hours of pro bono design services, 4,200 more than the initial goal.
The winner of the Corporate Community Impact award will be able to direct a $100,000 grant from ESPN to the qualified charity related to the award-winning humanitarian efforts. The finalists will be able to direct a $25,000 grant to the charity related to their award-winning efforts.
Below are the nominees for the additional three awards categories and the honorees for the Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award:
- Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award finalists: Ernie Els (PGA TOUR), Larry Fitzgerald (NFL’s Arizona Cardinals), Mark Giordano (NHL’s Calgary Flames) and Curtis Granderson (MLB’s New York Mets)
- Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Award finalists: Chicago White Sox (MLB), Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), New York City Football Club (MLS) and San Francisco 49ers (NFL)
- League Humanitarian Leadership Award: Winner to be announced at the dinner, July 11
- Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award honorees: WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, Orlando City Soccer Club and the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality
Winners will be announced on July 11, with Laila Ali returning as host for the Sports Humanitarian Awards for the third year alongside ESPN’s Mike Greenberg. Highlights of the evening will be showcased during a one-hour program on ESPN, July 25, at 7 p.m. ET.
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The net proceeds of the event will benefit the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund at the V Foundation. In addition, ESPN will grant another $1 million to the charities of the nominees and winners. Combined, more than $1.7 million was distributed to the community as a result of the initiative in 2016.
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“The Sports Humanitarian Awards finalists and honorees are making a true, measurable impact on society using the power of sports,” said Kevin Martinez, vice president of ESPN Corporate Citizenship. “With the newly named Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award, moving the event to The Novo and an hour-long special on ESPN, this year’s show promises to be the best yet.”