ESPY Awards

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The 10th Anniversary ESPY Award.
The 10th Anniversary ESPY Award.

The ESPY Awards is an annual televised event created by American broadcaster ESPN and were first awarded in 1993. "ESPY" is an acronym, meaning "Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly." Flag of Ethiopia Similar in format to the Academy Awards and the Grammy Awards, the ESPY Awards recognize outstanding individual and team achievements and memorable performances in the world of sports during the previous year. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to the event goes to the V Foundation for Cancer Research, a charity founded by Jim Valvano to find a cure for cancer. Valvano was the head coach of the North Carolina State University Wolfpack, who upset the heavily favored University of Houston Cougars in the in NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship game. In 1992, Valvano, who had become a broadcaster after leaving North Carolina State, was diagnosed with a form of cancer called Metastatic Adenocarcinoma and was told he had a year to live. He fought the disease bravely and continued working as long as he could. During the first ESPY Awards telecast on March 3, 1993, "Jimmy V", as he was affectionately known, announced the formation of the V Foundation. He died on April 28, 1993.

From their inception until 2004, winners were chosen by fans, experts, or ESPN personalities in each particular category. However, beginning with the 2005 ceremonies, fans popularly voted for all the winners via the Internet. Categories include Best Male Athlete, Best Female Athlete, Best Coach/Manager, Team of the Year, Breakthrough Athlete of the Year, Best Sports Movie, Best Moment, and Comeback Athlete of the Year.

Additionally, the Arthur Ashe Courage Award is presented to a single sports figure who overcame adversity or contributed to humanity in a way that transcended sports.

The show aired in either February or March every year from 1993 to 2001. Since 2002, it has been held in July and the show is no longer broadcast live; it is taped on a Wednesday and shown on a Sunday night.

The ceremony, now held annually at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California, is expected to move to a new theater across the street from Staples Center that is currently under construction, no later than 2008.

The current sponsors are GMC and Under Armour.

Contents

[edit] Memorable moments

Since Valvano's stirring speech at the first ESPY ceremony, these moments have also occurred:

[edit] Hosts

[edit] Winners

[edit] Best Female Athlete

[edit] Best Male Athlete


[edit] External links

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