Since its founding in 2008, the Atlanta Dream have embodied Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Dream” of a more equitable America by leading change on an array of civil rights and social justice issues. The organization was recognized for these efforts last week, as it was named the Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year at the Sports Humanitarian Awards, presented by ESPN and held in New York City. As part of the event, a 90-minute television special will air on Saturday, July 24 at 2 p.m. ET on ABC.

“We are humbled by this honor and thank ESPN for amplifying our voices and promoting social justice,” said Renee Montgomery, vice president and co-owner of the Atlanta Dream. “The movement to create true equality for all is not just a moment in time but requires a constant struggle and continued dedication.”

As the winner in the Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year category, the Dream will direct a $100,000 grant from ESPN to the New Georgia Project. The NGP is a non-partisan effort to register and civically engage Georgians, advocate for civil and human rights, and advance justice on behalf of historically marginalized communities.

“The Atlanta Dream will never back down from supporting our players using their platforms to fight for what is right,” said Larry Gottesdiener, chairman and co-owner of the Atlanta Dream. “We are very appreciative of ESPN for recognizing the unprecedented bravery of the 2020 Atlanta Dream and the WNBA’s powerful impact, and for generously allowing us to support the New Georgia Project with this $100,000 grant.”