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ESPY Awards

ESPY Awards

  • Premiered: 
    March 3, 1993
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  • Network: ESPN
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Award
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Sports
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Each year since 1993, the ESPYS have recognized major achievements during the previous year in sports. The ESPYS honor sport-specific performances, such as "Best MLB Player" and "Best WNBA Player," as well as the best-in-sport achievements, like "Best Female Athlete" and "Best Play." Plus, the ESPYS confer the "Arthur Ashe Courage Award" to the person showing strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost. Each year starting in 2002, the event takes place the night after the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The first seven ESPYS were held in New York, moved to Las Vegas in 2000, and have been held in Los Angeles since 2002.
The 2021 ESPYS, hosted by Anthony Mackie, were televised live from The Rooftop at Pier 17 at the Seaport in New York City on Saturday, July 10 from 8-11pm ET/5-8pm PT on ABC. Spencer Ludwig is the musical director for the ESPYS, providing live music throughout the show. Former NFL star Vernon Davis serves as the voice of the ESPYS, introducing presenters and keeping the fun going. Peloton superstar instructor Ally Love is the behind-the-scenes host, bringing viewers a unique look at the ESPYS, with celebrity and athlete interviews and reactions from winners as they come off stage.

Honorees scheduled to attend include: Chris Nikic (Jimmy V Award for Perseverance Recipient) and Maya Moore (Arthur Ashe Award for Courage Recipient).

In 2019, after four WNBA championships, two Olympic gold medals, a WNBA MVP award, three All-Star MVPs, and a scoring title, at the very peak of her prime, Moore decided to step away from the game to fight for justice for Jonathan Irons, a man who was wrongly convicted of burglary and assault and sentenced to 50 years in prison. Moore redirected her winning spirit to Irons' cause, forming the "Win with Justice" campaign to educate the public on the power of prosecutors and organize for his freedom. After years of advocacy, Irons' conviction was finally overturned last spring, and he was a free man by the summer. Irons was clear about Moore's role in this victory: "She saved my life." He was also clear about what she meant to him; hours after his release, he asked for her hand in marriage. They quietly tied the knot shortly thereafter.

In November of 2020, Nikic became the first person with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman triathlon. At 21-years of age, Nikic finished a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile marathon run at the Ironman Florida competition in Panama City Beach in 16 hours, 46 minutes and 9 seconds, just 14 minutes under the 17-hour cutoff time. Throughout his training and completion of the race, Nikic inspired others to follow in his footsteps. Spreading his message to be "1 percent better" every single day, in every aspect of life, Nikic might be the first but he certainly won't be the last.

This year's scheduled presenters include: Kane Brown (Multi-Platinum Artist), DaBaby (Multi-Platinum Recording Artist), Charli D'Amelio (Social Media Star), Dixie D'Amelio (Social Media Star), Alexandra Daddario (The White Lotus and Die in a Gunfight), Taye Diggs (Actor), Desus Nice and The Kid Mero (Desus & Mero), Nina Dobrev (Actress, Writer, Producer), Dude Perfect (YouTube Stars), Rob Gronkowski (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Sabrina Ionescu (New York Liberty), Chloe Kim (Olympic Gold Medalist), Zachary Levi (American Underdog), Tracy Morgan (Actor/Comedian), Joe Namath (New York Jets Legend), Julius Randle (New York Knicks), Robin Roberts (ABC's Good Morning America), Mikaela Shiffrin (Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist), Iliza Shlesinger (Actress/Comedian), Kurt Warner (American Underdog), Roy Williams (Retired UNC Basketball Coach) and more.

In addition, top athletes and celebrities scheduled to attend include: Jocelyn Alo (Oklahoma Softball), Sasha Banks (WWE Superstar), Bianca Belair (WWE Superstar), Paige Bueckers (UConn Women's Basketball), Jared Butler (Baylor Men's Basketball), Tyler Campbell (UCLA Men's Basketball), Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Sarah Fuller (Vanderbilt Football/University of North Texas Soccer), Chris Godwin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans), Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers), DeAndre Hopkins (Arizona Cardinals), Matt James (The Bachelor Season 25), Jaime Jaquez Jr. (UCLA Men's Basketball), Ronald Jones II (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Giselle Juarez (Oklahoma Softball), Johnny Juzang (UCLA Men's Basketball), Rachael Kirkconnell (The Bachelor Season 25), Betnijah Laney (New York Liberty), LeSean McCoy (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Maya Moore (WNBA Star/Activist), Chris Nikic (Endurance Athlete), Amanda Nunes (UFC fighter), Naomi Osaka (Tennis player), Jason Pierre-Paul (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), DiDi Richards (New York Liberty), Shannon Saile (Oklahoma Softball), DeVonta Smith (Alabama Football/Philadelphia Eagles Rookie), Jalen Suggs (Gonzaga Men's Basketball), Nigel Sylvester (BMX), Drew Timme (Gonzaga Men's Basketball), Tara VanDerveer (Stanford Women's Basketball Coach), Chase Young (The Washington Football Team) and more.


Other Titles

  • Previously known as American Sports Awards: The ESPYs


  • Microsoft Theater/Nokia Theatre (2008-2019) - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!
  • The Rooftop at Pier 17 at the Seaport (2021) - Manhattan, New York USA