ESPN(NEW YORK) — It wouldn’t be the ESPYS without the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, and this year’s recipient couldn’t be more deserving.
Craig Sager, 64, was diagnosed with leukemia just two years ago and has shared his battle with the sports world while still working on the sidelines at TNT.
“Over the last two years, I’ve done everything in my power to live my life as normally as possible. But at times, you need support and I’m so thankful to everyone who has been there for me,” the 2016 honoree said Tuesday in a press release from ESPN.
Sager — who has gotten love and support not only from his co-workers these past two years, but also the players and coaches he covers daily — will join the likes of the greats, George Karl, Stuart Scott and Leah and Devon Still, all past Jimmy V Award winners.
The announcement fittingly was made Tuesday night during game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, which Sager is covering.
The Jimmy V Award is named in honor of the late, great Jim Valvano, who gave his iconic “never give up” speech at the ESPYS more than 20 years ago.
“I have his speech saved on my phone and, now 23 years later, its impact lives on with me and countless others. There is no greater honor than receiving this award and I am very humbled,” Sager added.
Senior Vice President of ESPN Films Connor Schell said Sager’s “dedication to continuing the career he loves in spite of this difficult illness is the very definition of perseverance and we’re proud to honor Craig at this year’s ESPYS.”
The ESPYS air July 13 on ABC.
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