Golf legend Jack Nicklaus to receive first-ever Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

11/10/2015 12:15 PM

Sports Illustrated has announced that its first-ever Muhammad Ali Legacy Award will be presented to legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus.

Although the award was originally created in 2008, it was renamed for Ali in 2015 as a tribute to the boxer’s humanitarian efforts. The award honors athletes that have “embodied the ideals of sportsmanship, leadership and philanthropy as vehicles for changing the world over their lifetime.”

Ali expressed his excitement for Nicklaus in a press release.

“Jack’s passion for excellence on the golf course is only surpassed by his love and passion for children and their well being. For decades, he has used his celebrity to bring awareness and support for children’s health. I can not think of a more deserving person for this special inaugural award than the Golden Bear, himself.”

Known as the “Golden Bear,” Nicklaus is no stranger to Sports Illustrated, having appeared on its cover 22 times. He was named Sportsman of the Year in 1978 and selected as Individual Male Athlete of the 20th Century in 1999.

In addition to his achievements as a championship golfer, Nicklaus is also a champion of pediatric healthcare. He and his wife created the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation which supports pediatric services nationwide and has raised tens of millions of dollars for the cause.

Presentation of the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award is scheduled to take place during Sports Illustrated’s annual Sportsman of the Year event on Tuesday, December 15 in New York City.


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