SEATTLE - Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin has been named a finalist for ESPN’s Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award.
Joining Baldwin as finalists are: Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors, John Cena of the WWE and J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans.
According to ESPN, the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award “is given to an athlete whose continuous, demonstrated leadership has created a measured positive impact on their community through sports. The candidate must embrace the core principles that Muhammad Ali embodied so well, including confidence, conviction, dedication, giving and respect.”
The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on July 17.
A press release from ESPN Media Zone explains Baldwin’s nomination:
“The son of a police officer, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin feels uniquely positioned to pursue conversations about and develop solutions to address the issues facing law enforcement and the communities they serve. Following several police-involved shootings with unarmed African American men, Baldwin has continually utilized his platform to raise and donate funds, participate in conversations, advocate for changing of state and federal laws, and pursue systemic change. He has met with over 100 local and state elected officials, organizations, community members, law enforcement and other key stakeholders to gain first-hand insight, seek opportunities to create open dialogue and ultimately create change. Baldwin also partnered with the City of Renton, home of the Seahawks training center, to build the Family First Community Center, helping to create pathways for success for local underserved families.”
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Baldwin’s nomination for ESPN’s Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award is not the only recognition he has received for his humanitarian efforts.
Earlier this offseason, Baldwin was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service from King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove for his work in the South King County community.
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Baldwin joined the Seahawks in 2011 after going undrafted out of Stanford University in the NFL Draft.
In his seven seasons, Baldwin has been named to two Pro Bowls, and caught a touchdown in the Seahawks' 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
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