Thanks to our friends over at Dove Men+Care I had the opportunity to attend my first ESPYs and ESPN Sports Humanitarian Awards this past week in Los Angeles, California.
Dove Men+Care–a leading men’s grooming brand, also plays a role as an associate sponsor highlighting the Sports Humanitarian of the Year nominees and recipient.
What an honor it was, attending two sporting events of this magnitude a day apart from each other. I was super-excited to head to Los Angeles and get started.
Sports Humanitarian Awards
I touched down in L.A. a few hours before the fourth annual Sports Humanitarian Awards began. The ceremony is a celebration of the impact made by athletes, teams and sports industry professionals who use the power of sports to make a difference throughout the world.
I arrived at my Hotel with no downtime, it was already time to prepare for the evening’s ceremony. I donned a sleek navy suit, fitting for the formal gathering. The event took place at the Novo at L.A. Live, a lovely venue in the heart of Los Angeles.
Preceding the start of the Sports Humanitarian Awards was the red carpet arrivals. I had a perfect spot to snap photos and videos of the evening’s stars as they strut on the carpet in fashionable attire. Among notable attendees were Cari Champion ( ESPN Anchor,) Hannah Storm (Event Host/ESPN Anchor,) Tim Howard (Pro Soccer Player,) David Robinson (Former Basketball Player,) Laila Ali (Former Pro Boxer,) Stephanie Mcmahon (WWE,) Roman Reigns (WWE,) the U.S. women’s ice hockey team, and more.
“Sports is a collection of moments, from the indescribable joy of a child hitting their first little league, hit, to the overwhelming emotion that can move grown men and women to tears both in victory and defeat.”
Laila then introduced a performance by Brooklyn-based rock band “American Authors” to officially open up the show.
I was seated at Dove Men+Care’s reserved table, not too far from the stage. Throughout the event, attendees were served a delicious three-course meal complemented with savory wine.
Winners of the evening included David Robinson, receiving the “Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award,” WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon, who accepted “WWE the League Humanitarian Leadership Award,” U.S. Women’s Hockey team won “Team of the Year,” and 2017,2018 NBA Champ, Kevin Durant won the “Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award.”
Dove Men+Care highlighting the Sports Humanitarian of the Year nominees and recipient.
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The following day was “ESPYs DAY.” The main event of my trip to Los Angeles.
For those of you who don’t know: The ESPYs is an annual event that brings out the biggest names in sports and entertainment to celebrate the year’s best moments in sports. The event takes place at the Microsoft Theather in Los Angeles, It’s the only event in the world that attracts superstar athletes from all genres of sports. In my opinion, the ESPYs is the “Oscars Of Sports.”
I want to start out with a few key highlights from my evening:
- The ESPYS red carpet show should have a runway attached, as well as more fashion designers involved somehow. The FASHION was so entertaining to see in person. I had the opportunity to walk the red carpet prior to the show and espy (no pun intended) athlete attendees as they arrived for the ceremony dressed to impress. Standing next to some of these gentlemen (and ladies) in their polished ensembles make you appreciate their stylist or clothiers even more. It sure isn’t easy to dress an athlete with a unique physique who can’t just shop off the rack like most of us. Majority of the outfits I came across were on-point, but there were also a few fashion statements, that were definitely questionable.
- Thanks to Dove Men+Care I received fantastic seating not too far from the stage. What more could I ask for? (other than maybe sitting front row between Odell Beckham Jr. and Aaron Rodgers.)
- This year’s host, Danica Patrick, a former pro racecar driver, was absolutely hilarious! she killed it. Some of her jokes were a bit harsh, (I know Lebron probably wasn’t feeling the hairline joke,) but all in good fun.
- If you can, you must attend a live award show. During commercial breaks, there is a lot more to see what television viewers don’t get to enjoy. The ESPYs production team did a terrific job keeping attendees engaged during commercial breaks. There was various karaokes (NFL star Alvin Kamara sang “Boo’d up” by Ella Mai,) dance competitions, celeb pop quizzes, and more.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) July 19, 2018
— ESPYS (@ESPYS) July 19, 2018
Presenters of the evening included: Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants), Kate Beckinsale (“The Widow”), Chadwick Boseman (“Black Panther”), Alison Brie (“Glow”), Ciara, G-Eazy, Jim Gaffigan (“Noble Ape”), Olivia Holt (“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger”), Trevor Jackson (“grown-ish”), Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”), Von Miller (Broncos), Adam Rippon (Olympian), Mikaela Shiffrin (Olympian), Jessica Szohr (“The Orville”), Russell Wilson (Seahawks), and more.
The evening’s first award went to NBA Rookie of the Year finalist Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, who was named “Best Breakthrough Athlete,” and concluded with the “Arthur Ashe Award for Courage” to representatives for the “sister survivors” who spoke out against sexual abuse by their former team doctor. Aly Raisman, Sarah Klein and Tiffany Thomas Lopez delivered a memorable acceptance speech, joining a total of 141 survivors standing on stage.
Other standout award recipients were Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles receiving the Championship Performance honor after leading the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl title, The Best Moment honor going to the Minnesota Vikings, The Best Team honor went to the Houston Astros, and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals earned Best Male Athlete.
ESPYs After Party
After the show, it’s the after party: Adjacent to the Microsoft Theater was the official ESPYS Afterparty. The setting was aesthetically pleasing, Fancy drinks were flowing, and lots of good food was served all night. While waiting online for a plate a food right infront of me was World Series Champ Jose Altuve. Only at the ESPYs, you’ll rub shoulders with world-class athletes while trying to get your grub on.
To cap off the night was a surprise performance by hip-hop artist G-Eazy, who also put the “Female Athlete Of The Year,” Chloe Kim on the spot, having her rap Cardi B’s lyrics on his smash single “No Limit.”
What a night! Can’t thank Dove Men+Care enough for making this all happen. ESPYs 2018! unforgettable experience.
so this went down last night with G-Eazy hahaha pic.twitter.com/bx7xq3yN6Z
— Chloe Kim (@ChloeKim) July 19, 2018