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John Cena to be honored with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

Sports Illustrated announced Thursday that it would donate WWE star John Cena next month with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award…

Sports Illustrated announced Thursday that it would donate WWE star John Cena with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award next month in recognition of his philanthropy.

While he noted Cena’s success as a 1

6-hour WWE champion, the publication emphasized his efforts with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, where he “has granted nearly 600 wishes for children with life-threatening diseases, more than anyone else involved in the organization, “says Sports Illustrated

. They also acknowledged him as a supporter of awareness of breast cancer and early detection.

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After the announcement, Cena went to Twitter and said that this was “something I never dreamed may be possible “.

“Thanks for this honor, I do my best to live up to his reputation,” he continued. 19659005] He also told Sports Illustrated that he was “really admired” to get the price.

“Ali’s commitment to helping others, his commitment to the sport and his generous spirit is unchangeable and he was a model for all of us” the wrestling the star said. “To be linked with him in any way is an honor that means so much to me.”

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The Honor, founded in 2008 and renamed to honor Ali 2015, is given to an athlete or sports figure that embodies sports sports, leadership and philanthropy while using sports as a platform, according to The Associated Press. 19659005] Former recipients of the prize, scheduled to be given to Cena at the year’s sports staff on December 11 in Los Angeles, include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jack Nicklaus and Colin Kaepernick, said Sports Illustrated.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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