Sports Illustrated has selected WWE wrestler John Cena as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Muhammad Ali Legacy Award for his phenomenal leadership in philanthropy.
Executive Editor Stephen Cannella, who is part of the team that selected Cena, discussed his admirable dedication to charity:
“From his unparalleled work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to his support for a wide range of causes ranging from activism for military families to cancer research, John has made personal outreach and generosity of time and spirit his calling cards.
“He might just be the most charitable person in sports, and his dedication to philanthropy richly reflects the spirit of the Ali Legacy Award.”
The award itself was first introduced in 2008. Some of its previous recipients include Magic Johnson, Jim Brown, Jack Nicklaus, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and last year’s winner, Colin Kaepernick.
Cena spoke highly of Muhammed Ali in response to winning the award under his namesake:
“I am truly thrilled to receive Sports Illustrated‘s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.
“Ali’s commitment to helping others, his dedication to the sport and his generous spirit are incomparable and he was a role model to us all. To be linked with him in any way is an honor that means so much to me.”
Sports Illustrated will officially present the award to Cena at their Sportsperson of the Year event on December 11.