LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Three sports legends who have battled racial inequality for decades are set to receive a special award named after The Greatest.

The Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award recognizes athletes for their incredible achievements as well as their social activism.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell will be honored.

The award presentation will take place at Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year event on December 12 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.