2020 ESPYS: Everything to know about the revamped event
Sue Bird, Megan Rapinoe and Russell Wilson will host the show.
Like so many other events, the 2020 ESPYS will look different in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
ESPN announced Tuesday that the focus of the awards show will shift from achievement in sports to "further highlight narratives of service, perseverance, and courage" within the world of athletics.
WNBA star Sue Bird, U.S. Women's National Soccer Team co-captain Megan Rapinoe and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will co-host the show, which will air on ESPN June 21 at 9 p.m. ET.
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 stories we see at The ESPYS each year serve as a reminder of the hope that sports can inspire," Rapinoe said in a statement. "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," added 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."
This year's ceremony will also include the Sports Humanitarian Awards, which launched six years ago. Among the honors given are the Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award presented by Anthem Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award presented by Dove Men+Care. Winners have not yet been announced.
"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 of 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."
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