Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks

This year's Father's Day will be one to remember for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Not only is he expecting another child with his wife Ciara, but he'll also be hosting the 2020 ESPYs along with Seattle Reign wing Megan Rapinoe and Seattle Storm player Sue Bird. 

But this event will be special for Wilson as it not only takes place on Father's Day ten years after the passing of his father, but also will happen during nationwide protests led by the Black Lives Matter movement.

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"You know, it's going to be Father's Day on the day of the ESPYs and I think about what my dad meant to me and I think about how far I've come and all the lessons he taught me," said the Seahawks superstar.

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However, Wilson feels prepared, as always, and credits his upbringing.

"To [host the ESPYs] on Father's Day, and in the midst of everything that's going on ... I'm grateful that I had a dad and a father figure that could prepare me for a moment like this," said Wilson on Tuesday.

"The lessons of how to throw a ground ball to you know, how to always get up early and train hard, how to be the first one up — all the way through my education but, also, he taught me that the reality of what we're going through right now in society is very real."

 

The ESPYs will give Wilson another platform to discuss social justice and try to better the nation.

To begin June, Wilson discussed racial injustice in the United States via his social media.

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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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