Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney will be honored for promoting Wales and its language
The Welsh Government and the Football Association of Wales will present the Dragon Award to the co-chairman duo of Welsh football team Wrexham FC.
A presentation will take place at a star-studded event at New York next month which will air on the same day Wales play the United States in the World Cup.
dead Pool star Reynolds, 45, and Philadelphia is always sunny creator McElhenney, also 45, explored the city’s history and culture on his hit Disney+ show Welcome to Wrexham.
The Critics’ Choice Award-nominated series documents the team’s progress and tells the story of the club, founded in 1864, which boasts the oldest international ground in the world.
Reynolds and McElhenney took full control of the National League club from the Wrexham Supporters Trust in February 2021, investing £2m under the terms of the deal.
On their contribution to Wales, Noel Mooney, Chief Executive of the Football Association of Wales (FAW), said: “Cymru is a special land and football plays a leading role in bringing Cymru to the world.
“With Rob and Ryan leading Wrexham into the spotlight and Cymru heading to the World Cup, we can’t wait to celebrate this recognition with our friends at S4C.”
Sian Doyle, chief executive of Wales’ national broadcaster S4C, said: “Their passion for Wrexham, including learning Welsh, one of Europe’s oldest living languages, has brought football to the fore. Welsh as we head into the World Cup.
“Wales may be small, but we are passionate and extremely proud of our language and our culture. As Wales’ leading broadcaster, we are honored to recognize their contribution by saying ‘diolch’ (thank you) at our star-studded gala. »
In April, Reynolds unveiled a memorial urinal dedicated to McElhenney on his birthday in a toilet block at the racetrack and the couple regularly use their visits to the club to shine the spotlight on the Red Dragons.
They donated £10,000 to a charity fundraising page after a player’s baby died, while Reynolds also sent a message to six-year-old Leland, who had been diagnosed with cancer .
The donation was made in January on a GoFundMe page created by footballer Jordan Davies and his partner Kelsey Edwards after their son Arthur was ‘born sleeping’.
Reynolds also urged his supporters this week to get tested as a potential bone marrow transplant donor for Blyth Spartans fan Leland ahead of a game against Wrexham.
He told his Twitter followers: “You take a small sample of your cheek (by getting a kit from anthonynolan.org or dkms.org.uk) and sign up to save a life like Leland’s. Only takes a few minutes. Let’s get rid of childhood cancer, please.