49ers named Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year

Tom Gamble, 49ers helmet, Donavin Newsome

The San Francisco 49ers might have thrown together a disastrous on-field product over the past two seasons, but the organization itself remains first-class.

San Francisco took the Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year award at the third annual event on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The awards themselves are presented by ESPN and the 49ers will be honored at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday.

“Every Sunday, the 49ers take the field to win. The other 349 days of the year, we want to be the best football team and the best community citizens,” 49ers owner John York said, via the team’s official website. . “Through the 49ers Foundation’s efforts to keep kids ‘Safe, On Track, and In School,’ we inspire Bay Area children to succeed in life using sports as a pathway. We are honored that ESPN recognizes the 49ers educational efforts in the community.”

The award goes to the team that best exemplifies work in the community, including helping the young population with education. Major League Baseball’s Chicago White Sox, the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA and MLS’ New York City Football Club were also nominees for the prestigious award.

The 49ers will receive a $100,000 grant from ESPN to be sent towards a charity of the team’s choosing.