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Chiefs OG Laurant Duvernay-Tradif Wins a Major Humanitarian Award


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The Award was presented 10 July 2021. From ESPN's website.

Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award presented by Dove Men+Care finalists: Anthony Rizzo (Chicago Cubs), Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (Kansas City Chiefs), Layshia Clarendon (Minnesota Lynx), Titus O’Neil (WWE)

Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year finalists: Atlanta Dream (WNBA), Denver Broncos (NFL), New York City FC (MLS), Toronto Blue Jays (MLB)

Corporate Community Impact Award finalists: AT&T, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

The Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian 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 principles that Muhammad Ali embodied so well, including confidence, conviction, dedication, giving and respect. 

In July 2020, Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif became the first NFL player to opt out of the 2020 NFL season. Duvernay-Tardif opted instead to continue his work at a long-term care facility in his hometown of Montreal during the coronavirus pandemic. A medical school graduate from McGill University in Canada, Duvernay-Tardif, 30, started assisting as an orderly shortly after he won Super Bowl LIV with the Chiefs in February 2020.

Just for being a finalist, LDT gets to direct a $25K to a charity related to his work. LDT, a medical doctor, was the first player to opt out of the 2020 season, so that he could work in the COVID field. For a starting player with a new Super Bowl ring to go first, it made quite a statement. 

From an interview:

At the beginning of the pandemic, I wanted to go back and help in a physician's role. I don't have my license to practice yet, so that was impossible to do. But I wanted to help however I could and that ended up being as a nurse/orderly in the facility. Basically, I would do everything my bosses wanted me to do. My duties ranged from feeding people, changing people, administering medicine, just caring for them however I could. I realized that no matter what I was doing, at the end of the day, taking care of someone is not about just treating them at all costs. It's about caring.

I never knew what I was walking into when I got to work each day. It was pretty hectic. Some days, there would be no issues. Other days, you'd get a patient with a runny nose and next thing you know there would be eight patients who tested positive. We had emergency red zones where positive patients would have to reside. It was hard. We lost a lot of patients. This past year really changed me.


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