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49ers named Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year by ESPN

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The slow time on the NFL calendar typically generates plenty of negative news. Here’s something to balance that out.

The 49ers were recognized as the Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year at the third annual Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards in L.A.. The other finalists for the recognition presented by ESPN were the the Chicago White Sox (MLB), Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), and the New York City Football Club (MLS).

According to a press release issued by the 49ers, the Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Award “represents a sports team that demonstrates how teamwork between athletes and their team’s community relations efforts or foundations can create a significant impact on a community or cause.” The 49ers will receive a $100,000 grant that will be devoted to a charity related to the team’s humanitarian efforts.

“Every Sunday, the 49ers take the field to win,” 49ers co-chair Dr. John York said in the release. “The other 349 days of the year, we want to be the best football team and the best community citizens. Through the 49ers Foundation’s efforts to keep kids ‘Safe, On Track, and In School,’ we inspire Bay Area children to succeed in life using sports as a pathway. We are honored that ESPN recognizes the 49ers educational efforts in the community.”

The 49ers donated over 1,200 of volunteer time to over 75 local events and gave $4 million to local non-profits in 2016, and they operate the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute and the 49ers STEAM Education Program.

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16 Responses to “49ers named Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year by ESPN”
  1. sportswart says: Jul 12, 2017 5:15 PM

    Is this a nod to Kaep’s behavior? If so, very lame.

  2. niners816 says: Jul 12, 2017 5:16 PM

    I was reading this article wondering where a Kaep reference would be, but to my amazement there wasn’t a mention of him. That’s refreshing!

  3. haywoodjablomey says: Jul 12, 2017 5:22 PM

    Some proof that more people on the team, besides the former QB, are also dedicated to improving their community.

  4. i, flounder says: Jul 12, 2017 5:22 PM

    time for tantrums.

  5. cabsf415 says: Jul 12, 2017 5:26 PM

    It’s extremely puzzling that the 49ers make so much effort into creating “community ties” and placing emphasis into “local events” but the organization doesn’t even step foot into the city they actually represent which is San Francisco. You hear absolutely NOTHING about the 49ers creating fundraisers towards urban children in SF or donating towards communities that are actually in San Francisco.

  6. 49ersfury says: Jul 12, 2017 5:29 PM

    I wish Klye Shahanan will bring back Singletary to coach up the LBs.

  7. BraceForImpact says: Jul 12, 2017 5:32 PM

    John York is a hack just like his silver spoon fed son!

  8. mrclutch5569 says: Jul 12, 2017 5:36 PM

    Let’s cut the red tape here and just say it was cuz of Kaepernick which is total garbage but don’t insult the readers intelligence but saying it had nothing to do with him

  9. classclown71 says: Jul 12, 2017 5:45 PM

    Who cares what ESPN said. ESPN is the CNN of sports news.

  10. jjb0811 says: Jul 12, 2017 5:49 PM

    The media selected a hard left city as a role model. Shocking!

  11. maestro1899 says: Jul 12, 2017 6:06 PM

    No surprise. Kaepernick is on the team. We all know he’s given more money to humanitarian causes than every poster here combined.

  12. tigershark0052 says: Jul 12, 2017 6:10 PM

    Not deserving. I only watch that crappy network for NFL and NBA. Otherwise, I would never watch it. It is terrible.

  13. tekoamt says: Jul 12, 2017 7:06 PM

    Even weaker brew than usual, ESPN…remember when ESPN use to matter?

  14. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 12, 2017 7:40 PM

    The Humanitarian Award goes to anyone who didn’t qualify for a Participation Ribbon.

  15. lizzzy321 says: Jul 12, 2017 8:44 PM

    LOL — TheHumanitarian Award…from ESPN?! Brother!

  16. Liberalsruineverything says: Jul 12, 2017 8:45 PM

    Participation trophies from a sports network that nobody watches anymore. BSPN made a bad business decision to be political. Some online sights should takes notes.

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