The People’s Choice Awards are honoring the professional athletes who are not only excelling in their sports but also fighting for change, standing up against injustices and providing aid to communities in need.
Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, who are both nominated for The Game Changer of 2019 at the PCAs, are spearheading the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team’s fight for equal pay. The team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation for gender discrimination due to the pay discrepancy and unequal working conditions between them and their male counterparts. The World Cup winners are hoping that their experience will inspire women in other industries to fight for equal treatment.
Simone Biles, another contender for PCAs Game Changer of the year, won her sixth all-around gymnastics title in August after she performed a triple-double in competition. The 22-year-old athlete has used her platform to bravely speak out about the abuse she suffered at the hands of former USA Gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar.
Game Changer nominee Stephen Curry may be best known for his basketball skills but his off the court endeavors are just as admirable. The Warriors player teamed up with the United Nations for the Nothing But Nets campaign which protects people around the globe from mosquito-borne diseases. In 2019, the NBA All-Star also launched his own charity with his wife, Ayesha Curry, to end childhood hungry, provide education and create safe spaces for kids to be active.
See all the nominated athletes below and be sure to check out the 2019 People’s Choice Awards, airing live on E! on Sunday, Nov. 10.