One-legged ASU wrestler Anthony Robles will be honored in Los Angeles on July 13, when he will be awarded with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2011 ESPYs.â†µ
Robles captured the hearts and imaginations of America during his memorable run to win the 125-pound NCAA title, capping off an undefeated 36-0 season with a victory over Iowa's Matt McDonough.â†µ
The ESPYs certainly noticed his amazing story:â†µ
On June 2, Maura Mandt, executive producer of the ESPYs, called Robles and his mother to tell them he'd been chosen by ESPN to receive the fifth annual Jimmy V award. "That's one of the best things I will ever get to do in my life in my job," says Mandt. She says Robles' mom wept with joy. "It was hard not to cry myself," says Mandt.â†µ
The award is dedicated to the spirit of Valvano, former basketball coach at North Carolina State. According to ESPN's website, the award is give to a "member of the sporting world who has overcome great obstacles through physical perseverance and determination."â†µ
This award is well-deserved for Robles, who was born without a right leg and has had to overcome so many obstacles to reach the heights he achieved. It's another feather in the cap of a gentleman that has made the world a better place. Congratulations, Anthony.