The 2020 ESPYS shifted its focus from athletic feat to highlight narratives of service, perseverance, and courage within the world of sports. No wonder the annual sports awards show picked Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Storm Guard Sue Bird, and OL and USWNT winger Megan Rapinoe. All three are sure Hall of Famers in their respective sports.
What was once a Seattle family secret is now National fact. All three’s commitment to the community goes beyond the boundaries of sports. Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic the ESPYS will be a virtual show and air on ESPN on June 21st at 6 p.m. PT.
BIRD ON BEING A HOST
“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.”
RAPINOE ON BEING A HOST
“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.”
WILSON ON BEING A HOST
“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 three hosts are some of the most prolific athletes of their respective sports. Bird has won three WNBA championships, four Olympic gold medals, two NCAA Championships, and four FIBA World Cups. She has been selected to eleven WNBA All-Star teams and eight All-WNBA teams and is the WNBA All-Time Assists Leader.
Rapinoe won gold at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup with the national team she co-captained alongside Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan. Rapinoe was named The Best FIFA Women’s Player in 2019. Wilson has started in two Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl XLVIII, and has been named to seven Pro Bowls. He holds the record for most regular season wins by an NFL quarterback through eight seasons (86).