For the second consecutive year, the Ducks have been nominated (finalist) for the Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year, awarded to a team that "demonstrates how teamwork can create a measurable impact on a community or cause." Finalists will receive a $25,000 grant to a related charity, with the winner receiving a $100,000 grant from ESPN. The winner will be announced at the fifth annual Sports Humanitarian Awards presented by ESPN on July 9.
Candidates for the award can be nominated from multiple sports leagues and governing bodies including the NHL, MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, Top Rank, UFC, USTA, WNBA and WWE. The Ducks join the Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB), Chicago Fire (MLS), and New York City Football Club (MLS) as finalists for the award.
ESPN's description of the Ducks' award-winning efforts is below.
Anaheim Ducks (NHL): In the past 25 years, the Anaheim Ducks evolved from a hockey team to a platform for change in Orange County, Calif., investing in its own community programs and supporting a wide variety of nonprofits with funds and in-kind donations. Through the Ducks S.C.O.R.E. program, 60,000 youth annually receive free, educational, standards-based curriculum to inspire students to learn via the sport of hockey. Programs like the First Flight Field Trip bring over 16,000 students to the Honda Center to learn a "Science of Hockey" concept taught by the Ducks roster; while its street hockey initiative supports teachers and introduces 18,000 students to the sport annually. Other community programs aimed at bringing hockey to first-time participants and those with special needs serve nearly 5,000 each year; and those numbers will increase with the investment and opening of the largest ice rink facility in California in January 2019.
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