Watt, Altuve Honor Houston At SI Banquet; Beyonce Suprises Kaepernick
SI last night presented Texans DE J.J. WATT and Astros 2B JOSE ALTUVE with its ’17 Sportsperson of the Year award, with the star-studded gala returning to Barclays Center for a second consecutive year. The pair’s efforts in restoring hope to hurricane-battered southeast Texas, through extensive charitable works and the Astros’ first World Series title this fall, was documented in a film clip shown during the event narrated by PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH. “I don’t think I could accept this award without mentioning the 200,000 people who donated to the fund ... without mentioning all the firefighters and policemen, and all the people who got in their own boats and went out in the streets to help save people,” Watt said. “This award is about humans being good to help other humans, and I think it’s incredible.”
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OTHER ATHLETES HONORED: Former MLBer CARLOS BELTRAN received a new Hope Award for his work repairing his native Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. He was presented the award by San Juan Mayor CARMEN YULIN CRUZ. Also honored last night were Lynx F MAYA MOORE, 76ers C JOEL EMBIID, youth star BUNCHIE YOUNG. The SI ceremony will be televised nationally for the first time on NBCSN on Friday, and on Univision on Saturday.