ESPY Awards 2020: Date, Hosts, TV Schedule, Awards List and More

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 10: Confetti drops after the United States Women's National Soccer Team accepted the Best Team award onstage during The 2019 ESPYs at Microsoft Theater on July 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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In a sports world that has largely been devoid of actual sports in recent months, the 2020 ESPY Awards should come as a welcome event. The annual celebration of sport and sporting moments will be hosted by Sue Bird, Megan Rapinoe and Russell Wilson. This year’s ESPYs will be a joint venture with the Sports Humanitarian Awards,

“ESPN recognizes that this year more than ever, athletes, teams and leagues have been leading the way in responding to the needs of communities across the country and the world,” Kevin Martinez, vice president of ESPN Corporate Citizenship said in a press release.

“For six years, ESPN has been honored to telecast the Sports Humanitarian Awards, which highlights the impact that sports has to create social change, and we’re excited to carry that narrative through The ESPYS and our other platforms.”

The ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 21, at 9 p.m. ET via remote live feed and can be viewed on ESPN and ESPN Go.

Here’s a breakdown of the awards, nominees and winners that have been announced so far.

Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award

Nominees:

Nelson Cruz, Minnesota Twins

Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers

Devin and Jason McCourty, New England Patriots

Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx

Titus O’Neil, WWE

Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year

Nominees:

Denver Broncos

Los Angeles Dodgers

New York City FC

Sacramento Kings

Corporate Community Impact Award

Nominees:

Anthem Foundation

Nike

Burton Snowboards

Peach Bowl

Can’t-Stop-Watching Moment (Videos and voting found here)

Nominees:

Jackson State Manager Thomas “Snacks” Lee Drills 3

Riley Sartain-Vaughn Bat Flip

Newtown Wins Title on Anniversary of Sandy Hook Shooting

Obed Lekhehle High Jump

Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

Taquarius Wair, Mesabi Range College

Pat Tillman Award for Service

Kim Clavel, Boxing

Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award

WNBA and WNBA Players Association

Arthur Ashe Courage Award

Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA on ESPN @ESPNNBA

.@kevinlove sharing his struggles with mental health has had effects that go beyond basketball.

For his advocacy, he will be awarded the 2020 Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the @ESPYS. https://t.co/KO1Wa843Br

A Focus on Narrative

As you might have noticed, the list of nominees this year doesn’t include the typical ESPY categories like Best Team and Best Female Athlete. Instead, this ceremony will focus on recognizing service, perseverance and humanitarianism. 

“We can’t really give out a best team award when the teams haven’t finished their seasons, and you can’t have a best moment when there was no Masters or Wimbledon,” JMaggieVision Productions VP Jeff Smith explained, per ABC News’ Lesley Messer, via Good Morning America.

This year’s awards will be more about what athletes have accomplished off the field. Boxing champions Kim Clavel, for example, is being honored for her work as a nurse amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is an honor to receive the Pat Tillman Award on behalf of all the health care workers battling COVID-19 on the frontlines,” Clavel told ESPN (h/t Eric Todisco of People). “Although recently I have pursued my dream of boxing, helping people is my passion and I’m proud to be able to make a difference.”

The ESPYs will also provide a platform for athletes to address the current movement to end systemic racism.

“We want to provide a platform for athletes to be able to speak directly to each other and to fans,” Smith said. “Our job [as producers] is to identify what’s important to the athletes and what means the most to them, and give them a platform to speak.”

The ESPYs will also feature a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant and the others who died in a January helicopter crash.

“It’s a love letter to Kobe from the streets and the people of Los Angeles. It’s a celebration of what he brought to that city,” Smith said.

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