WWE won a major award from ESPN for its work involving charities and the wrestling community.
ESPN Citizenship recognizes WWE as the Official Sports Humanitarian League Champion for its “commitment to bringing communities together by giving back, bringing hope, creating inclusion, empowering communities and recognizing service to the both near and far”.
ESPN Citizenship aims to recognize individual athletes, fans and communities who aim to make the world a better place by using their sports platforms to do so through charity, volunteerism and marketing. The Sports Humanitarian Awards have been held annually for the past seven years to honor and celebrate these individuals and organizations. Winners are selected by a committee and awarded $1 million to charities chosen by the nominees and winners. $12.4 million is also paid to minority populations.
CEO and Acting President Stephanie McMahon shared her thoughts on the company that won the award, writing on Twitter, “At its core, @WWE’s mission is to bring smiles to faces around the world. I’m so proud of the work @WWECommunity continues to do every day to change lives through service. Thank you for this incredible honor, @ESPNCitizenship!
McMahon was named CEO and interim president after it was announced last month that her father Vince McMahon had paid a former employee $3 million to keep quiet about an affair between the two. Since then, it has emerged that Vince has paid 4 women in total with over $12 million in cash, including a wrestler he coerced into oral sex and an employee he sent nude photos to.
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