ESPY AWARDS TO HONOR ROBIN ROBERTS
Everybody loves a winner, especially when they fought against tremendous odds. That’s why ESPN chose ABC’s “Good Morning America” broadcaster Robin Roberts as the recipient of the 2013 ESPY Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Roberts will be one of the best and brightest who has received this honor. Former recipients have included legends like University of Tennessee Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt, North Carolina State’s basketball coach Jim Valvano, tennis matriarch Billie Jean King, plus heavyweight boxer and ambassador of good will Muhammad Ali.
The award honors those whose contributions to the world of sports reach into the mainstream. Roberts was one of the first female sports anchors on ESPN in the 1990s. She broke the glass ceiling and opened the door for other women to follow in her footsteps. She is known for her high energy, winning smile, enthusiastic encouragement and personal strength. Ever the battler, Roberts has successfully fought off breast cancer and a rare blood disease that required months of rehabilitation and a bone marrow transplant. She bounced back from each with more of her trademarked competitive fire.
Roberts’ award is only one of the many honors to be bestowed on July 17th at the Nokia Theater in sparkling, beautiful Los Angeles. The live show will be broadcast on ESPN, but to really get the full impact of the ESPYs, you need to be there, in the crowd as the wards are handed out to the lucky winners. That’s where we come into the picture. We can hook you up with tickets to the 2013 ESPY Awards. You can hang and do with your favorite athletes, movie stars, musicians and entertainers. There’s nothing like being there to amp up the excitement factor of an awards show.
The ESPYs feature appearances by sports legends, current players and celebrities from every arm of the entertainment business. In fact, Jon Hamm, the maddest man in AMC’s runaway hit “Mad Men,” has been tapped to host the romp through the greatest achievements in sports over the last 12 months. Remaining in character, or not, Hamm wondered what type of cleats he should wear with his tuxedo.
Every red-blooded sports fan should make it a point to catch the ESPYs in person. We have to warn you, however. It is habit-forming to attend such a high-profile event packed with A-list celebrities-but you’ll get used to it.