Ontario Hockey League graduate Mark Giordano has been recognized across the sporting landscape for his commitment to community earning ESPN’s Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award.
The Calgary Flames captain was honoured on Tuesday in Los Angeles for continuous, demonstrated leadership, creating a positive impact through sports.
In 2014 the defenceman created the ‘Team Giordano’ program assisting high-needs students in Calgary striving to provide encouragement in both academics and physical fitness promoting healthy lifestyles, leadership, and community involvement.
Nothing but class from @MarkGio05. Congrats on winning the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award!
— NHL (@NHL) July 12, 2017
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) July 12, 2017
— ESPN Citizenship (@ESPNCitizenship) July 7, 2017
— ESPYS (@ESPYS) July 12, 2017
As the recipient of the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award, the Team Giordano program receives a $100,000 grant from ESPN. In just three seasons the program has already totaled $300,000 in donations and has helped 1,900 students.
Giordano was the winner of the NHL Foundation Player Award in 2016 and was nominated this season for the Mark Messier Leadership Award won by fellow OHL alumnus Nick Foligno.
The 33-year-old Toronto native played two OHL seasons with the Owen Sound Attack from 2002-04.