Rafael Nadal will receive this Monday the Popular Honorary Award from Cadena COPE in recognition of his glorious sporting career and the values he represents.
The 42nd edition of the COPE Popular Awards will be held at the Mallorcan restaurant Es Molí d’es Comte. Its start is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. (GMT + 1). The gala will be attended by the president of Cadena COPE – Fernando Giménez Barriocanal; the Bishop of Mallorca – Monsignor Sebastià Taltavull, and other dignitaries and distinguished members of civil society in the Balearic Islands.
“This year, COPE awards will bestow its honorary prize on tennis player Rafael Nadal for his great career in the world of sport, as well as for his social work, through which he has always shown his values and his roots in Mallorca” , said an official statement from the Cadena COPE read.
This is only the third time that the People’s Honor Award has been awarded
This is not the first time that Rafael Nadal has received an award from Cadena COPE. In 2005 he received the Premi Popular. But as a distinction, Nadal will now receive the Premi Popular d’Honor (Popular Honor Award) in recognition of the trajectory of his sports career while maintaining a strong affiliation with Mallorcan society.
Diario De Mallorca’s translated report said:
“COPE now recognizes, with a Premi Popular d’Honneur, the trajectory of Rafael Nadal Parera, who has always maintained his position as the top 10 of the best tennis players in the world.
The winner of 20 Grand Slam tournaments is fourth when it comes to most singles titles in the open era. And it is that if something characterizes the Mallorcan, besides his capacity for constant improvement and his sacrifice, it is his human side. “
As part of the #NuestraMejorVictoria (Our best victory) campaign, carried out as part of an initiative that is part of the #CruzRojaResponde (Red Cross responds) project, Nadal and Pau Gasol encouraged Spanish athletes to donate money in the fight against COVID-19.
Announcing the amount raised in June of last year, Nadal said: “Between all of us, we have succeeded in doing something important and beautiful. Not only the money raised, which exceeded 14 million euros, but also the solidarity and teamwork shown in difficult times. “
After extensive flood damage in a town called Sant Llorenc des Cardassar in October 2018, Nadal spent hours helping volunteers clean up the area and opened rooms at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Movistar for those in need. of a refuge. The 35-year-old also donated € 1,000,000 through the Rafa Nadal Foundation.
Referring to these events, the report adds:
“His great social gestures stand out, such as helping those affected in the middle of the pandemic with his friend Pau Gasol and through the Red Cross, or helping his neighbors in Sant Llorenç in the middle of the mud after the torrent of 2018. For all of this is an honor to be able to reward the career of one of the best athletes in the country and the greatest ambassador of this island.
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It should be noted that in the 42-year history of the Premis Populars, only two honorary prizes have been awarded before. To Her Majesty Queen Sofia, delivered to the Teatre Principal in Palma, and to Cardinal of Mallorca Emmo. and Rvdmo. Mr. Luís Francisco Ladaría, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Holy See, in the Church of Montesión in Palma. “