The 2016 ESPY awards, ESPN's annual celebration of sports and celebrities, is set to air Wednesday night, with tributes to those who have shown outstanding courage and awesome performances in their sports.
One of the most talked about awards each year – the Arthur Ashe Courage Award – will be presented to the family of Zaevion William Dobson. Dobson who was a student at Fulton High School in Knoxville, Tenn., lost his life when he shielded friends from gunfire that broke out at a party.
Dobson was 15 when he was killed. He played on the Fulton High football team. He will join other winners such as Nelson Mandela, Jim Valvano, Pat Summitt, and a group of men who were killed on Flight 93 on 9/11 in receiving the night's most prestigious award.
Another moment that is always poignant is when the Jimmy V Perseverance Award is given. This year, the award will go to NBA broadcaster Craig Sager. Sager is battling leukemia.
Here are the specifics on the broadcast:
When: "2016 ESPYs Countdown" will air at 7 p.m. (ET). The ESPYs awards ceremony will air beginning at 8 p.m. (ET)
What channel: The pre-show will be broadcast on ESPN, or you can see it online via Watch ESPN. ABC will air the awards ceremony. On DirecTV, ESPN is channel 206; on Dish Network ESPN is channel 142; on ATT U-verse, it's 602. Check local listings for ABC channels.
Who is hosting: Former WWE heavyweight champion Jonn Cena is hosting the evening.
What does ESPY mean: ESPY stands for “Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly.”
Special presentation: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will offer a special tribute to boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
Who is nominated: For a complete list of the nominees, click here.
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