Countless top athletes gathered in Los Angeles yesterday [Wednesday, July 13] for the 2016 ESPY Award Show. The ESPYs, an annual award show, showcases some of the best in sports performance and overall achievements.
For anyone who missed the ESPYs, here are our Top Five moments.
1.End to Gun Violence Address by NBA players
The ESPYs opened with a very serious and heartfelt call to action by NBA players Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony demanding an end to police brutality and gun violence in the United States. The players urged their fellow athletes to educate themselves and be the change in their communities.
2. Arthur Ashe Award for Courage given to deceased Zaevion Dobson
December 2015, 15-year-old high school football player Zaevion Dobson was shot and killed by stray bullets while attempting to protect three young women. Dobson’s mother, Zenobia, accepted the award on behalf of her son expressing the stronger need for athletes to use their influence and power to affect change.
3. Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning and Abby Womach, all recently retired athletes, receive Icon Award
After more than 10 years of service to their individual sports, Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning and Abby Womach each won the Icon Award, which was presented by Justin Timberlake. Bryant, who had a 20 year NBA career, added some charisma and humor to the night when he gave his comedic acceptance speech.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers Win Best Team
Other than winning all three ESPY Awards that he was nominated for, James celebrated another victory with his team as they took home the Best Team Award after winning the NBA championship trophy just one month ago.
5.Chance the Rapper Honor The Original G.O.A.T. Muhammad Ali
Though the ESPYs are not a fashion show, a lot of the ‘who’s who’ in sports came dressed to impress. RESPECT’S best dressed list includes:
Ciara and Russell Wilson
Ayesha and Steph Curry
Eric Decker and Jessie James
Some of the Best of Awards included:
Best Male Athlete- Lebron James
Best Female Athlete- Breanna Stewart
Best Championship Performance- Lebron James
Best Record-Breaking Performance- Stephen Curry
Best Upset- Holly Holm knocks out Ronda Rousey, UFC
Best Game- Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA Finals Game 7
Best International Athlete- Cristiano Ronaldo
Best NFL Player- Cam Newton
To see the rest of the Winners click here
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