On Wednesday, July 17th, the athletes traded in their sports gear for fashion as they graced the red carpet along with various stars at the Nokia Theater in LA for the 2013 ESPYs. Some of the stars that graced the red carpet that night were comedian Bill Bellamy, Paula Patton, Gabrielle Union with Dwayne Wade, Garcelle Beauvais, Rosci Diaz, and rapper The Game. Mad Men star John Hamm hosted the ESPYs, while Don Cheadle, Selena Gomez, Ben Affleck, Kevin Bacon, and Maria Sharapova acted as presenters. There was also a performance by the group Vintage Trouble.
The stars of the 2013 ESPYs were Lebron James and the Miami Heat winning five ESPY awards. Lebron James won three ESPYs for Best Championship Performance, Best NBA Player, and Best Male Athlete, all three awards he also won during last year’s ESPYs. The Miami Heat won two ESPYs for Best Game (Game 6 of NBA Finals over San Antonio Spurs) and Best Team. While Lebron James and the Miami Heat stole the show, Robin Roberts and the father and son team of Dick and Rick Hoyt inspired many.
Former ESPN anchor and current “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for contributions that transcend sports. Roberts survived breast cancer and recently underwent a bone-marrow transplant last fall to help fight off a life threatening blood and bone marrow disease. Roberts gave a very inspiring speech, “through it all I learned that true strength isn’t when you face down life’s challenges on your own, it’s when you take them on by accepting the help, faith, and love of others and knowing you are lucky to have those,” was a quote which moved many in the crowd that night. Dick and Rick Hoyt received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, which is given in honor of the late Jimmy Valvano, NC State basketball coach who inspired many with his battle against cancer in 1993. Rick Hoyt, 51, has cerebral palsy which disabled his hands and legs. His father, Dick Hoyt, 73, pushes his son in a custom made chair in various events, such as, 5k and 10k races, marathons, and triathlons.
Other notable winners were Serena Williams won the Best Female Athlete and Best Female Tennis Player awards. Michael Phelps won Best Record Breaking Performance for being the most decorated Olympian with 22 Gold Medals and Best Male Olympian. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers, won Best Breakthrough Athlete. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers, won Best MLB Player. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings, won Best NFL Player and Best Comeback awards. Thierry Henry, New York Red Bulls, won Best MLS Athlete. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, won Best NHL Athlete. Candace Parker, LA Sparks, won Best WNBA Athlete. Novak Djokovic won Best Male Tennis Player. Tiger Woods won Best Male Golfer. Floyd Mayweather Jr. won Best Male Fighter. Usain Bolt won Best International Athlete. Rick Pitino won Best Coach/Manager.
Check out highlights from the awards below: