Sports IllustratedSportsman of the Year will be announced at the annual conference Sports Illustrated Awards to be held in Hollywood, Florida on December 7.
the an event will be co-hosted by DJ Khaled and sports presenter and TV host Cari Champion, with musical performances from 2 Chainz and DJ Irie. The SI Awards Show is sponsored by Pepsi Stronger Together.
Since its inception in 1954, Sportsman of the Year has been awarded annually to the athlete, coach or team whose performance that year best embodies sportsmanship and achievement. For the first time, the Sportsman of the Year will be unveiled live, presented by FTX, during the show.
A number of notable sports figures are expected to make an appearance, including Candace Parker, LaMelo Ball, Rob Gronkowski, Caeleb Dressel and Suni Lee.
In addition to awarding the athlete of the year, the following honors will also be announced:
- The Muhammad Ali Legacy Award
- Sportskid of the year
- Female/Male Athlete of the Year, presented by the US Polo Association
- Breakthrough Athlete of the Year, presented by Emsculpt Neo
- Hometown Hero, presented by Pepsi Stronger Together
- Team of the Year, presented by Vitacost
- Theater play of the year, presented by Alkaline88
- Best Dressed, presented by JCPenney
- Player of the Year, presented by Arcade1Up
The awards show will be streamed for free beginning at 8 p.m. ET across IFsocial media channels. It will also be simulcast by LiveXLive on at least 20 other platforms, including SportsIllustratedAwards.com, LiveXLive, YouTube, Twitch, TikTok and Twitter.
“We are thrilled to be back in person for the SI Awards at their new home at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino,” said Marc Rosen, President of ABG Entertainment. “We look forward to celebrating a momentous year in sport and honoring the best athletes, teams and moments that have defined 2021.”
Last year, the sportsman of the year was awarded to five men and women who, in 2020, were champions in every sense of the word: champions on the field, champions for others.
The recipients were Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, US Open tennis champion Naomi Osaka, four-time NBA Finals MVP LeBron James, WNBA champion Breanna Stewart and former lineman of Chiefs Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who left the NFL to join the front lines of the battle against COVID-19[FEMININE[FEMININE
The event will take place at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 19 at 10 a.m. ET. For more information, please visit SportsIllustratedAwards.com.