The ESPY Awards took place on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. The sports world and the entertainment world combined for one night for a few hours to recognize the greatness, and the courage, of some of the biggest figures in the athletic and entertainment world.
The night had a lot of highlights, but the two major highlights of the night were the presentations of two special awards.
Legendary journalist Robin Roberts received the Arthur Ashe Courage award. Roberts is one of the pioneers in women’s broadcast journalism, as she was the one of the first females to be a part of the ESPN broadcast team in the 1990s. After her stint with ESPN, she moved on to Good Morning America. During her illustrious career, Roberts has battled and beat life-threatening illnesses on two separate occasions. After receiving the award, Roberts gave an emotional, riveting speech.
The second touching moment of the night was during the presentation of the Jimmy V Perseverance award. The recipients were Dick and Rick Hoyt, a father-son team that has participated in more than 1,000 endurance events, including 31 Boston Marathons. Rick Hoyt was born with cerebral palsy and he is unable to use his hands and legs. His father has pushed him in every race they have competed in. They, too, gave an amazing speech.
The big winners of the night were LeBron James and the Miami Heat. LeBron received the awards for Best Male Athlete, Best Championship Performance and Best NBA Player. The Heat took home the awards for the Best Team and the Best Game.
For full coverage of the ESPY’s, visit ESPN.com.