SportsDashboards previously detailed the story of Anthony Robles, the one-legged wrestler from Arizona State who won an NCAA wrestling title this year.
Recently, Robles was awarded the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2011 ESPY awards, sponsored by ESPN, the self-proclaimed “worldwide leader in sports.” The ESPYs are fast becoming the sports world’s version of the Academy Awards and Robles’ honor was a particularly fitting one.
Jimmy Valvano, for whom the award was named, made an emotional appearance at one of the early ESPY shows while accepting the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. Valvano was dying of cancer, but in his acceptance speech, he uttered the phrase that has resonated over time: “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” With ESPN’s support, the Jimmy V Foundation has raised millions of dollars to support cancer research.
Robles made his own acceptance memorable, as you can see in this ESPN video clip, when he recited original poetry. The clip includes his poem, but we have reproduced it below.