Best of the Best: 2015 ESPY Awards

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Sweat. Tears. Hard Work. Accomplishments. #ESPYS

One of the biggest nights in sports for both fans and athletes is upon us once again. The 2015 ESPY Awards are set to kick off tonight at 8/7c hosted by Joel Mchale. We highly doubt any of the nominees started their athletic journey with aspirations of hoisting an ESPY. But that innate competitive spirit that afforded them the opportunity will still be on display quietly throughout the night. At the same time, it is one of those rare moments when players can take a step back and enjoy their peers accomplishments from a fans perspective. As for us fans, we get a chance to let our voices be heard as our favorite athletes, teams and moments are celebrated from the past year through the LIVE voting that will take place until showtime.

Take a look below at the complete list of categories, a few of our favorites and special moments to watch for:

Best Male Athlete
Steph Curry
Lebron James
Aaron Rodgers
JJ Watt

Best Female Athlete
Ronda Rousey
Breanna Stewart
Lindsey Vonn
Serena Williams

Best Breakthrough Athlete
Cardale Jones
Mo’ne Jones
Odell Beckham Jr.
Jordan Spieth

Best Team
New England Patriots
UCONN Womens Basketball
Golden State Warriors
Chicago Blackhawks
Ohio State Buckeyes
US Women’s Soccer

Complete List:
Best Male Athlete
Best Female Athlete
Best Championship Performance
Best Breakthrough Athlete
Best Record-Breaking Performance
Best Upset
Best Game
Best Team
Best Coach/Manager
Best MLB Player
Best NHL Player
Best Fighter
Best NFL Player
Best NBA Player
Best Comeback Athlete
Best Driver
Best Jockey
Best Bowler
Best MLS Player
Best International Athlete
Best WNBA Player
Best Male Golfer
Best Female Golfer
Best Male Tennis Player
Best Female Tennis Player
Best Male College Athlete
Best Female College Athlete
Best Male Athlete with a Disability
Best Female Athlete with a Disability
Best Male Action Athlete
Best Female Action Athlete
Best Play

The Cincinnati Bengals Devon Still will be accepting the Jimmy V Perseverance Award on behalf of his daughter Leah, who doctors would not okay for travel due to her immune system being a little too weak at the moment. The story that captured our attention from day one continues to play out as we all remain #LeahStrong.

Another larger than life honoree is Lauren Hill, the amazing young lady that was able to achieve her dream of playing in a college basketball game despite an unfortunate irremovable brain tumor. Her mother will accept the award on her behalf and states her daughter and Devon Still grew to be close over time due to the similar circumstances.

We still remember last year’s touching Jimmy V presentation for the late great Stuart Scott that gave us both incredible hope and tears of compassion in the same moment. “Can I get a Booyah?”

Stuart Scott Daughters Mural

Be sure to hit us up @SwaysUniverse all night as the #ESPYs unfold and remember you can vote right here until the show starts at 8/7c on ABC.

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