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ESPN honors 'You Can Play' with Stuart Scott award

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

The You Can Play Project has been named an inaugural winner of the Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award, part of ESPN's first Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards.

The You Can Play Project is an advocacy organization that combats homophobia in sports. The NHL and NHL Players' Association are partners.

You Can Play president Patrick Burke is a director in the NHL Department of Player Safety and former scout for the Philadelphia Flyers. Burke gave the acceptance speech at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles on July 14.

"Stuart Scott's legacy is one of courage and honesty," Burke said. "It's an honor to be mentioned alongside Stuart and an even greater honor to carry on his legacy of respect for sports."

Scott passed away at age 49 on Jan. 4 after a long battle with cancer.

The NHL and NHLPA partnership with You Can Play includes a commitment to education and training for teams, players, media and fans, plus the production and broadcast of public service announcements.

You Can Play was honored along with Major League Baseball Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig and his wife Suzanne; Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll; and the "Like a Girl" campaign.

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was an individual nominee along with Anquan Boldin (San Francisco 49ers), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever) and John Cena (WWE).

Lundqvist is founder of the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation and an ambassador for the Garden of Dreams Foundation.

"Through their selflessness and compassion, the Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award honorees are improving lives of many around the world," ESPN president John Skipper said. "The awards pay tribute to some incredible individuals and organizations and the extraordinary impact of their efforts on society."

ESPN will show highlights of the ceremony on July 23 (8:30 p.m. ET).

The You Can Play Project, founded by Burke, celebrated its third anniversary March 4.

The ENSPIRE Award honors Scott's "indomitable spirit, celebrating those who use the power of sport by taking risk and using an innovative approach to aid the disadvantaged, save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity."

The Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards, presented by ESPN and PlayStation, celebrate and honor athletes, teams, nonprofits, and members of the sports industry for using sport to serve communities.

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