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The 2018 ESPYS are live Wednesday from the Microsoft Theater but ESPN’s annual awards extravaganza has turned into a week-long event as the biggest names in sports descend on Los Angeles to celebrate, swapping their jerseys and cleats for designer clothes and cool shoes.
The Cedars-Sinai and Sports Spectacular Gala on Sunday night marked the start of a mammoth ESPYS week as former San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman joined Snoop Dogg at his Inglewood “compound” to help fight diabetes and obesity.
The Cedars-Sinai and Sports Spectacular Gala on Sunday night marked the start of ESPYS week as former San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman joined Snoop Dogg at his Inglewood “compound” to help raise awareness about diabetes and obesity.
Paralympic snowboarder and former “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Amy Purdy was honored with the Inspirational Athlete Award, telling TheWrap that “so many people don’t even know they have diabetes so I think this is an incredible cause that raises a lot of awareness.” Having overcome the loss of her legs to meningitis at age 19, Purdy is now writing her second book on inspiration, “so it is fitting to be getting an inspiration award tonight.”
Chloe Kim was also honored with an Inspirational Athlete Award after she became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding medal with her Halfpipe gold in Pyeongchang this year.
Coming off the biggest season of his NFL career, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell said he wants to “encourage kids and talk to them about how to understand their bodies and be active, especially nowadays with so much technology available. I think playing sports is really important … there’s a lot of lessons to be learned on how to take care of your body and knowing what your limits are,” he added.