Lakers’ Reggie Bullock Chosen as Finalist for Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award
Reggie Bullock has been a tireless advocate and ally for the LGBTQ community since his sister, a transgender woman named Mia Henderson, was murdered in 2014. For his efforts, the NBA veteran and Los Angeles Lakers guard has been named a finalist for the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award.
Over the past year, the 28-year-old from Kinston, North Carolina, has worked with Athlete Ally to defeat bills in South Dakota that would’ve banned transgender athletes from competing in high school, lobbied NCAA colleges and universities to consider policies that would allow transgender athletes to compete at the collegiate level, and met with LGBTQ youth and allies from the Time Out Youth Center in Charlotte over this year's All-Star Weekend. He also rode on the NBA’s float in the NYC Pride March and took part in the Detroit Pistons’ first LGBTQ Pride Night while with the team.
Reggie is joined among the award’s finalists by retired two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long, St. Louis Cardinals catcher and two-time World Series winner Yadier Molina, and 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens. The winner will be announced at the Sports Humanitarian Awards on July 9. All finalists will receive $25,000 to donate to the charities of their choosing, with the award’s recipient getting another $100,000 from ESPN to support her or his humanitarian cause.
Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.