John Cena to receive SI's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award
WWE superstar John Cena is the recipient of this year's Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. The award, which was announced Thursday, is given each year to an athlete or sports figure who embodies the ideals of sportsmanship, leadership and philanthropy while using sports as a platform.
Cena will receive the award at the Sportsperson of the Year Awards show on Dec. 11 in Los Angeles.
"To have a legacy award of any kind bestowed upon you is tremendous," Cena said during an interview with The Associated Press. "To be in the company of people who have received this and to receive an honor named after Muhammad Ali is an honor that means so much to me."
Cena, a 16-time WWE Champion, has become synonymous with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He has granted nearly 600 wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses, which is more than anyone else involved with the program.
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