Los Angeles, CA – Last night at the Dolby Theater stars came dressed in their best attire for the 2023 ESPY Awards (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award). This year’s sports-related achievement award show was hosted by Christine Williamson and Harry Lyles Jr. Wednesday night, H.E.R and Lil’ Wayne graced the stage to perform during the ESPYs.
Damar Hamlin gave an emotional speech as he awarded the Buffalo Bills Training staff with the Pat Tillman Award for Service. Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest during a game in January and thanks to the quick response of CPR from the training staff, they were able to revive him on the field before being transported to a local hospital.
Damar Hamlin was brought to tears when presenting the Pat Tillman Award for Service to the training staff of the Buffalo Bills ❤️ 💙 pic.twitter.com/IThNKmREyC
— ESPN (@espn) July 13, 2023
After the Lakers lost to Denver in the Western Conference Finals, LeBron gave off the impression he was thinking about potentially retiring, however, during his speech for winning Best Record-Breaking Performance he let it be known — he’s not done playing.
"Lucky for you guys, that day is not today."
Go off, Bron 😂 pic.twitter.com/4X1Fqs0PqX
— ESPN (@espn) July 13, 2023
After leading LSU to the Women’s Basketball National Title, Angel Reese was crowned as the Best Breakthrough Athlete. History was made last night as Claressa Shields became the first woman to win Best Boxer. She won the award over nominations for Gervonta Davis, Devin Haney, and Shakur Stevenson.
Lauren Holiday also gave a powerful speech with her husband Jrue Holiday on stage with her after the two won the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award.
"None of its worth it if we don't use it to empower those around us to make this world a better place for all that live in it."
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 13, 2023
Here are the results for the winners:
Best Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Best UFC Fighter: Jon Jones
Best Athlete, Women’s Sports: Mikaela Shiffrin, Skiing
Best Championship Performance: Lionel Messi, Argentina — World Cup Final
Best Boxer: Claressa Shields
Best Play: Justin Jefferson with the catch of the century
Best Record-Breaking Performance: LeBron James surpasses Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for NBA career scoring record
LeBron James accepts his award after his family presented it to him on stage.
Best Athlete with a Disability: Zach Miller, Snowboarding
Best Driver: Max Verstappen, F1
Best Soccer Player: Lionel Messi, Argentina/PSG
Best Golfer: Scottie Scheffler
Best Tennis Player: Novak Djokovic
Arthur Ashe Award for Courage: U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team
Pat Tillman Award for Service: Buffalo Bills training staff
Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award: Jrue and Lauren Holiday
Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award: Jordan Adeyemi, Ashley Badis, Rishan Patel