ESPYS 2021

Join ESPN and the V Foundation for Cancer Research on July 10 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC for the 2021 ESPYS.

We can’t wait to celebrate the impact made by athletes, teams and fans, who are using sports to bring us together and make our world a better place.

The V Foundation’s story began at ESPN’s inaugural ESPY Awards in 1993. Jim Valvano, legendary basketball coach and ESPN commentator, received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for his perseverance and positive outlook amidst his cancer diagnosis. During his unforgettable speech, Jim announced the formation of the V Foundation for Cancer Research together with ESPN. To date, the organization has awarded more than $260 million in grants nationwide, funding lifesaving research and projects.

This year’s ESPYS Week will honor the legacy of Stuart Scott, who was a passionate supporter of cancer research and especially driven to improve outcomes for Black and other minority patients disproportionately affected by cancer. Six years ago, the V Foundation and ESPN created the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund. To date, $12.7 million has funded minority scientists and research in cancer disparities.


Did you know Black patients have a higher overall death rate from cancer than all other racial and ethnic groups in the U.S? We need to find out why and learn so we can better detect and treat these cancers. With your help, we can close the gap on cancer inequalities experienced by patients of all minority populations.

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Every dollar you donate to the V Foundation helps make discoveries that give longer lives and a better quality of life to cancer patients. With your support, scientific breakthroughs may one day save someone you love.

Virtual ESPYS Control Room








Experience the ESPYS like never before in the virtual ESPYS Control Room!

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Sports Humanitarian Awards





The 2021 Sports Humanitarian Awards, benefiting the V Foundation, celebrate athletes who use their power for good.

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Thank you to all sponsors of the Sports Humanitarian Awards, which benefit the V Foundation.

Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb

Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award
presented by Dove Men+Care

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Together, we are working to eliminate disparities in cancer research.