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Steph Curry Hosts the ESPYs

STEPH CURRY HOSTS THE ESPYS

NBA basketball champion Steph Curry hosted the ESPYs on Wednesday evening, July 20, 2022.

Steph Curry seemed excited and happy to be hosting the ESPYs for the first time. He knows that he is an accomplished choice as the most valuable player (MVP) on the Golden State Warriors NBA basketball team. He recently won his 4th Championship ring in the NBA finals against the Boston Celtics. On average, Steph Curry is the basketball player that scores the most points for his team by far.

When sports fans view a basketball game where the Golden State Warriors are the winners with let's say 68 points, typically over 30 of those points were scored by Steph Curry!

Steph Curry is also a family man, married to Ayesha Curry. Together, they have three children. The oldest is a daughter named Riley and she was present in the audience at the ESPY awards show with her Mom.

At the start of the ESPYs show, comedian Jay Pharaoh serenaded Steph Curry with a silly song about him finally "making it" by being able to host the ESPYs. He sarcastically told him that he had finally done something with his life.

Jay Pharoah also teased Steph Curry relentlessly about his "key lime", "kermit [the frog]" mint green suit, which was actually a good looking suit.

At one point in time, comedian Kevin Hart called Steph Curry the Daddy of three children and the Boston Celtics! In between trash talking and teasing was the presentation of the ESPY awards.

1. Best Championship Performance Award

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE AWARD

The award for best championship performance went to a football player on the LA Rams team.

2. Mohammed Ali Sports Humanitarian Award

MOHAMMED ALI SPORTS HUMANITARIAN AWARD


The winner of the Mohammed Ali Sports Humanitarian Award at the ESPYs was a baseball player named Albert Pujols.

He thanked his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ when accepting his award.

He also said that he respected Mohammed Ali's life accomplishments and was honored to receive an award named after Mohammed Ali.

One of Albert Pujols' children, a daughter has Down Syndrome and Albert Pujols has been very involved in helping the Down Syndrome community with recreation including baseball lessons, cooking lessons and attending prom.

Albert Pujols is also from the Dominican Republic and has helped to facilitate providing much humanitarian aid to his country especially helping children to been seen by doctors and dentists.

3. The Pat Tillman Award for Service

PAT TILLMAN AWARD FOR SERVICE


At the ESPYs, The Pat Tillman Award for Service was awarded to military veteran Gretchen Evans who was in Afghanistan herself at the time of Pat Tillman's death. She went on stage with her service dog to receive her award. She thanked her husband and the rest of her family. The award was presented by Ciara and Russell Wilson.

Are you a military veteran with a service animal?

4. Best Breakthrough Athlete Award

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE AWARD

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At the ESPYs, the best breakthrough athlete award went to Eileen Gu who won in skiing at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Do you usually watch the summer and/or winter Olympic Games on television?

5. The XFL

THE XFL

Danny Garcia and Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson announced that they bought the XFL.

6. Equal pay for women in sports

EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN

Abbott Elementary's Quinta Brunson introduced Billie Jean King to speak about equal pay for women in sports. Lisa Leslie and others spoke as well.

7. Capital One Award

CAPITAL ONE AWARD

University of Texas women's athletics and University of Notre Dame men's athletics were winners of the Capital One cup award.

They won $250,000 in scholarships for their athletic departments.

8. Swimming

SWIMMING


Katie Ledecky won the ESPY award for swimming.

She reminded parents and anyone watching the awards show to teach children how to swim as it is an important life skill.

She said that her mother taught her how to swim and she started club swimming with her brother.

Katie Ledecky has been swimming since she's six year old. She swam in elementary school, high school and at Stanford University before swimming professionally.

Do you know how to swim?

9. The Arthur Ashe Award for Courage

ARTHUR ASHE AWARD FOR COURAGE


As a winner of both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, Hall of Fame member Arthur Ashe has a place in history as one of the best tennis players.

At the ESPYs, The Arthur Ashe Award for Courage was presented by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and it was awarded to Vitale Klitschko.

Vitale Klitschko is a retired heavyweight champion boxer well known for valiently continuing to fight Lennox Lewis while he had a bad cut above his eye and the fight had to be stopped by a doctor.

Vitale Klitschko retired from boxing in 2013 and he became the mayor of Kyiv, Ukraine in May 2014.

It was a long term goal of his to become mayor of Kyiv.

Vitale Klitschko is married with three children and is currently in Ukraine fighting alongside his countrymen.

He feels that it is important to speak to and listen to the citizens.

Some citizens have spent weeks or months taking shelter underground.

Vitale Klitschko says that no one wants to die but if they do, it will be a privilege to die defending their homeland.

The Arthur Ashe Award for Courage was accepted on Vitale Klitschko's behalf since he could not be present to receive it.

10. Best Record Breaking Performance

BEST RECORD BREAKING PERFORMANCE


The winner of the award for best record breaking performance was Steph Curry himself. Fellow nominees were Tom Brady (football) and Allyson Felix (track and field).

The award was presented by skiier Lindsay Vonn.

Steph Curry joked that he hosted the awards show because he wanted to present an award to himself.

In his award acceptance speech, Steph Curry said that he is looking forward to being in the arena and watching the youth breaking records in the future.

11. 2022 Gatorade Athletes of the Year

The 2022 Gatorade Athletes of the Year were presented with their awards.

12. Best Play Award

BEST PLAY AWARD


The best play award was presented to Megan Rapinoe for a corner field goal in soccer.

13. Jim V. Award for Perserverance

JIM V. AWARD FOR PERSERVERANCE


Jim Valvano was well known for his speech at the first televised ESPYs award show 29 years ago. While weak from battling bone cancer, Jim Valvano gave an encouraging and invigorating speech about never giving up.

Over the years ESPN, in partnership with the V Foundation (named for Valvano) has raised over $155 million for cancer research.

Dick Vitale

Jim Valvano's dear friend, sports announcer Dick Vitale won the Jim V. Award for Perserverance.

Dick Vitale is blind in one eye due to a childhood accident and now at 82 years old, Dick Vitale is battling cancer himself.

His wife, Lorraine Vitale also spoke about his journey.

Dick Vitale gave a long and impactful acceptance speech for his award.

He had his family (including his wife, children and grandchildren) stand to be acknowledged.

He said that his wife of 51 years has been a great caregiver during his cancer fight.

Dick Vitale also thanked a doctor that performed surgery on his vocal chords and asked him to stand.

Dick Vitale reminisced a lot about his deceased friend Jim Valvano.

Before closing his acceptance speech, Dick Vitale asked for anyone in the room that was personally affected by or had a loved one affected by cancer to stand. Everyone got to their feet.

14. Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson, an NBA basketball player with the Golden State Warriors won an ESPY award and in his acceptance speech, thanked the late Kobe Bryant as a great inspiration.

15. Best Athlete - Men's Sports Award

BEST ATHLETE - MEN'S SPORTS


The winner of the ESPY award for best athlete in men's sports was baseball pitcher Shohei Ohtani.

16. Best Team

BEST TEAM


At the ESPYs, the Best Team Award went to the Golden State Warriors.

Steph Curry accepted the award with other members of his basketball team and closed out the show as this was the last award presented for the night.

He thanked everyone for attending and wished them a good night.

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