Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Roberts to get ESPYS Arthur Ashe award
By ESPN.com news services
Robin Roberts will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage award at the 2013 ESPYS on July 17 in Los Angeles, ESPN announced Tuesday.
The award goes to individuals whose contributions transcend sports. Past honorees include Jim Valvano, Muhammad Ali, Dean Smith, Billie Jean King and Pat Summitt.
One of the first female sports anchors on ESPN in the '90s, Roberts has worked with ABC's "Good Morning America" for the past two decades, blazing a trail for women in broadcasting. Her personal journey also served as inspiration because she overcame life-threatening illnesses twice. The 2013 ESPYS will recognize the strength and courage Roberts has displayed throughout her life and career.
Roberts played four seasons for the Southeastern Louisiana University women's basketball team and ranks among the team's leaders for points scored, rebounds, field goals made and games played. She was inducted into the Women's Institute on Sport and Education's Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.
Roberts held several anchor/reporter jobs in Mississippi, Tennessee and Atlanta before joining ESPN as an anchorwoman for "SportsCenter" and "NFL Primetime" in February 1990. During her tenure at ESPN, her popularity grew as she took on additional roles including hosting ABC's "Wide World of Sports" and serving as a play-by-play announcer for sports such as tennis and figure skating. In a ground-breaking moment, she stepped in to become the first woman to host an NFL pregame show during the playoffs, as a substitute for John Saunders. In 1995, the Emmy award-winning Roberts also began working as a featured reporter for "Good Morning America" and worked at both companies until being named co-anchor for GMA in 2005.