HOUSTON (AP) J.J. Watt raised more than $ 37 million for relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey and Jose Altuve took the Houston Astros to their first World Series title, both giving hope to the city when it picked up the pieces of the devastating storm.
On Monday night the two were honored by Sports Illustrated when they received the magazine's prestigious Sportsperson of the Year award. Sports Illustrated executive editor Steve Cannella said they chose the pair because Watt and Altuve perfectly embodied the Houston Strong slogan adopted by the city following Hurricane August and its catastrophic floods.
To celebrate the award, given annually since 1954 in honor of a player, coach or team that has best exhibited athletic achievements and sportsmanship on and off the field, players share the Sports Illustrated cover this month. Looking good in matching dark suits and white dress shirts, they are depicted smiling widely, with arms hanging over the shoulders of others and a headline stating "Houston Strong"[ad_2]