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The Chicago Bulls received the Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year award while Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings was honored as the Sports Humanitarian of the Year at the inaugural Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards.

The Bulls were honored for organizing more than 100 community events focused on education, health and wellness, violence prevention and the military.

The other finalists Tuesday night were the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer, the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers and World Wrestling Entertainment.

Catchings was honored for her efforts in promoting fitness, literacy, mentoring to youth, teaching girls about embracing their differences, building their self-esteem and overcoming obstacles.

The other finalists were San Francisco 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin, professional wrestler John Cena and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

The Bulls and Catchings will both receive a $75,000 grant from ESPN’s Corporate Citizenship Department to advance the impact of the charity related to the award-winning humanitarian efforts. The other finalists each received a $25,000 grant.

The ceremony at the Conga Room at L.A. Live also celebrated the four inaugural winners of the Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award, who were recognized for taking risks and using innovation to help the disadvantaged.

The winners are Always’ feminine hygiene products “Like a Girl” campaign which challenged the use of the phrase “like a girl”; Major League Baseball Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig and his wife Sue; Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll; and the You Can Play project, which seeks to end homophobia in sports.

The award is named for the longtime “SportsCenter” anchor who died of cancer in January at the age of 49.

Highlights of the ceremony will be featured during a 30-minute special on ESPN to air July 23.

—Staff and wire reports

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