The 2020 ESPYs have found its hosts.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, OL Reign wing and former Portland Pilot Megan Rapinoe, and Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird will be hosting the event on June 21, ESPN announced Tuesday morning.
The announcement comes three weeks after the network unveiled a plan to shift from rewarding athletic achievement this year to highlighting humanitarian narratives in the world of sports.
“There is so much good being done in the world right now, and The ESPYS are recognizing a sports community whose achievements reach far beyond the court,” said Sue Bird. “I’m proud to be hosting this year’s unique show with Megan and Russell, two athletes I admire for their talent, but more importantly, their compassion in today’s world.”
“The stories we see at The ESPYS each year serve as a reminder of the hope that sports can inspire,” said Megan Rapinoe. “I’m looking forward to hosting the show alongside Sue and Russell, and bringing that much-needed hope to audiences this year.”
“The ESPYS are always a highlight for me every year and I’m incredibly honored that they’ve asked me to co-host this year’s special show,” said Russell Wilson. “Although the sports world is on a pause, Megan, Sue, and I hope to shine a light on some of the amazing stories of resilience that we are seeing through this unique time.”
The show will include the Sports Humanitarian Awards such as the Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award and the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award.
“The ESPYS always have the distinct pleasure of recognizing moments of inspiration, but this year they serve the added purpose of creating a collective experience for fans and players alike who miss live sports,” said Rob King, Senior Vice President and Editor-At-Large ESPN Content. “Part of the fun of The ESPYS is bringing together athletes from across a spectrum of sports and Sue, Megan and Russell represent a diverse lineup of teams. We’re excited to see them bring their passion to hosting the show.”
ESPN will once again use the event to raise money for the V Foundation to fund cancer research in honor of the late basketball coach Jim Valvano. The network has raised nearly $116 million since the show's inception in 1993.
The 2020 ESPYs will air on June 21, 6:00 p.m. PT on ESPN.
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