In the days leading up to the naming of SI’s Sportsperson of the Year, we’ll be looking back and shining a light on the athletes, moments and teams (and one horse) who embodied the attributes of a Sportsperson in 2018.
In 1987, Sports Illustrated chose "Athletes Who Care" as their Sportsperson of the Year. Thirty years later, athletes remain as committed as ever to charity and activism. These are just a few of the many athletes who dedicate their efforts to helping others.
From José Altuve and J.J. Watt in 2017 to Roger Bannister in 1954, here is every winner of Sportsperson of the Year — including Muhammad Ali, Arthur Ashe, Michael Jordan, Billie Jean King, Sandy Koufax and Bill Russell.