The 2016 ESPY Awards were held on July 13, 2016. The show, hosted by professional wrestler John Cena was held in the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California where 31 competitive awards and eight honorary awards were presented.
The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers kept their winning streak alive by picking up several awards at the event.
LeBron James was named the best male athlete, the best NBA player and also was awarded the ESPY for best championship performance for helping to navigate the Cavaliers to the franchise’s first title.
In an event full of recognition for sports heroes, the ESPYS also honoured three players that elected to call it a career this season. Retired Peyton Manning, Kobe Bryant and Abby Wambach were honoured with the Icon Award, which was presented by Justin Timberlake.
Former UConn star and current Seattle Storm centre Brenna Stewart took home the ESPY for best female athlete against competition from fellow WNBA player Elena Delle Donne, swimmer Katie Ledecky and gymnast Simone Biles. Stewart led the Huskies to a record fourth straight NCAA title while claiming her fourth straight NCAA tournament Most Outstanding Player award. The first pick in the 2016 WNBA draft was also the unanimous women’s college player of the year, capturing the Wooden Award, Sullivan Award and AP Player of the Year.