Pujols honored to win Ali award for off-field work

by Daryn Albert - Albert Pujols won the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award as part of the 2022 ESPYS, the result of his foundation's work in the Dominican Republic and with those who have Down syndrome.

Albert Pujols wins Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award at 2022 ESPYS play Pujols thanks family, MLB after being awarded Ali Award (1:27) Albert Pujols thanks his family and the MLB after being awarded the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award. (1:27) 9:06 PM ET ESPN Albert Pujols was named the 2022 recipient of the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award as part of the ESPYS on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, another accolade for the retiring St. Louis Cardinals slugger. The award is given to an athlete whose "continuous, demonstrated leadership has created a measured positive impact on their community through sports. The candidate must embrace the core principals that Muhammad Ali embodied so well, including confidence, conviction, dedication, giving and respect." Pujols certainly embodies all those characteristics. Editor's Picks 2022 ESPYS: Full list of award winners 18m ESPN Staff He is president of the Pujols Family Foundation, which has had a twofold cause since its inception in 2005: helping the impovershed in his native Dominican Republic, and aiding those living with Down syndrome in the United States. The slugger's daughter, Isabella, has Down syndrome, a genetic disorder. "As great as my career has been, my passion is what I do when the season is over and that is to serve and to give back. That is how I want to be remembered," Pujols said. Pujols called Ali an "incredible man" whose legacy "will never be forgotten." He called it an honor to win an award in his name. The award was formely called the Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award, but was renamed in 2017, a year after Ali's death, to honor the legacy of the boxing great's impact on society. Other finalists this year included Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns, NFL veteran Anthony Barr and Austin FC goalie Brad Stuver.