Laureus, the global organization that uses the power of sport to change the world, today announced nominations for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards, including seven U.S. athletes/teams. The Awards, to be held virtually in April, were founded in 2000 and historically draw the world’s greatest names in both sports and entertainment.
Among the nominees are Tom Brady, widely considered the greatest quarterback of all time; gymnastics’ golden girl Simone Biles, athletics legend Allyson Felix; Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky, two of the stars of Team USA’s dominant swimming team at the Tokyo Olympics; surfer Carissa Moore and basketball’s Milwaukee Bucks.
In alignment with the organization’s mission to use the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage against young people and children, each year the Laureus Sport for Good Award recognizes a community sports-based program which has helped to improve the lives of young people and bring communities together. Among the nominees this year is Lost Boyz Inc., in Chicago, which uses baseball training to decrease violence, improve social conditions and provide financial and academic opportunities among youth in the city’s South Shore community.
The Winners will be voted on by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the world’s ultimate sports jury, made up of 71 of the greatest sporting legends of all time. The Awards are widely known as the Oscars of the sports world and celebrate the best of the best athletes from across the globe. Past U.S. winners have included Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, Serena Williams, Lindsey Vonn, Missy Franklin, Lance Armstrong, Patrick Mahomes, Kelly Slater, the Chicago Cubs, and more.