It was a night dedicated to showcasing bravery, heart, teamwork, strength, encouragement, and athletic skills. Honoring the best in sports over the previous year, the 19th Annual ESPY Awards (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) were held in Los Angeles, CA July 13th at the Nokia Theatre LA Live in Downtown LA.
It was remarkable to note the transformation from gym-wear to red carpet-wear. Athletes that were normally seen in gym apparel such as: shorts, sweats, and tennis shoes were now being displayed in Hollywood as top royalty and each wearing unique pieces from distinct yet remarkable designers. Women were bedazzled in beautiful stones and diamonds as men were styled head to toe in the seasons hottest suits and shoes to match, all tied in together with the right amount of swag appropriate for the ESPY Awards.
Hundreds upon hundreds were in attendance to celebrate some triumphant highlights and plays in this sports season. The ESPY Awards were created in 1993 by the cable sports channel ESPN. There are a few notable mentions that make the ESPY Awards different from other award shows. It allows its viewers to vote online for the Best Athlete both Male and Female, Best Coach/Manager, and Best Team. Not only do the viewers have a chance to take part in the online votes but the ESPY Awards also makes a huge contribution to the charity, The V Foundation. The V Foundation is in honor of Jim Valvano, the ESPY Awards founder.
Hosted by Saturday Night Live comedian, Seth Meyers, the 19th Annual ESPY Awards were entertaining, exciting, and down right hilarious. Hosting a major event is nothing new to Seth Meyers, as he hosted the White House Correspondence dinner and even the ESPY Awards a few years ago. The presenters for the big night were: Jason Bateman, Justin Bieber, Cee Lo Green, Emmannuelle Chriqui, Brooklyn Decker, Chris Evans, Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick, Justin Timberlake, Kerry Washington, Serena Williams, and Jonah Hill amongst many others.
Throughout the evening nominee upon nominee were called. I’d say the big win of the year came from the Dallas Mavericks. It was a great year for the Mavericks, they took down the undefeated Los Angeles Lakers early in the playoffs and won against the Miami Heat in the end, which made the Dallas Mavericks the NBA Champions this year and earning them a top spot at this year ESPY Awards. The Dallas Mavericks ranked up three trophies, Dirk Nowitzki took home ‘Best Male Athlete’, ‘Best Coach’ went to Rich Carlisle, and the team itself won ‘Best Team’. Well played Mavs!
The ESPY Awards continued as various attendees headed back to the press room for additional questions and commentary. Everything was discussed and nothing was left unanswered, from love for the ‘Biebs’ to singing ‘We Are the Champions’, the press room was a major highlight in the event. As the evening dwindled down and came to a close, everyone was going there separate ways, and moved on to the next event. “One main reason I love the ESPY’s is because we are all here because we have achieved something and have won in some sort of way,” says Seth Meyers, “ the ESPY’s are short, sweet, and to the point. Everyone leaves happy, and goes to party afterwards.”
A night of entertainment, comedy, and heroic achievement, the 19th Annual ESPY’s has now come to a close. Teams and players nationwide will now start making their next move and strategic plays in hopes of landing a spot at next years awards. Until then keep an eye out for key plays throughout the year and lets see who holds the key to next years top spot!
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