USA TODAY’s first annual Best of Humankind Awards – Premieres Dec. 9

USA TODAY's first annual Best of Humankind Awards – Premieres Dec. 9

22 of the kindest, most incredible, and inspiring people are vying for the title of Best of Humankind. See who wins on December 9, 2021 at 7 p.m. EST.

Meet all of the finalists here! » …

The USA TODAY Best of Humankind Awards honor everyday people who have showcased the highest level of kindness, compassion, and perseverance. Each Humankind award recognizes and celebrates an everyday person who is making a difference in their community. The 2021 Best of Humankind winners will be revealed in a special awards show premiering on December 9, 2021 at 7 p.m. EST / 4 p.m. PST with host, Jenna Bush Hager.

The Best of Humankind Awards honors winners in the following categories: Best of Animalkind – sponsored by PetSmart Charities, Best of Militarykind, Best of Womankind, Best of Sportskind, Best of Earthkind, Humankind Educator of the Year, Humankind Healthcare Worker of the Year, Humankind Triumph of the Year, Humankind Act of Kindness Caught on Video, Humankind Person of the Year, and Humankind Viewer’s Choice.

Watch here on, streaming on Humankind YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or TikTok profiles or on the USA TODAY channel available on most smart televisions and devices.

The Best of Humankind finalists and winners inspire us to do more and now it's your turn! Enter the Best of Humankind Sweepstakes and one lucky winner will win $1,000 for themselves and $1,000 for the charity of their choice to support their own community! The winner will be announced in January.

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