Thursday Buzz: Inclusion Takes Center Stage at ESPYs
This year's ESPY Awards showed off how the power of diversity and inclusion can be leveraged at an event. #Eventprofs should take note. Plus: Avoid having another rambling or pointless meeting ever again.
Diversity and inclusion took center stage at last night’s banner television event.
The ESPY Awards, broadcast live Wednesday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, became more than what it has been in the past: an annual event for sports fans to see their favorite athletes dress up and win awards. It was a landmark event that captured audiences across the country through stories of diversity in the sports world, particularly that of Caitlyn Jenner, who received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for “the courage to embrace a truth that had been hidden for years.” Jenner has recently shared the story of her transition from male to female, but this was her first live appearance in front of a crowd of fellow athletes.
“Trans people deserve something vital; they deserve your respect. From that respect comes a more compassionate community,” she said as she accepted the award.
The reality show star, previously known as Bruce Jenner, is familiar to millions of sports fans as the winner of the gold medal in the 1976 Olympics Decathlon.
Also honored was the U.S. women’s soccer team, which won the Best Team award for its recent World Cup win. The squad beat out a number of high-profile men’s teams, including the Chicago Blackhawks and the New England Patriots. And Mo’ne Davis, the first girl to earn a win and pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series, took home the award for Best Breakthrough Athlete.
The 2015 ESPYs illustrate how highlighting diversity and inclusion can make a big impact at events, creating standout moments that people remember.
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(ESPN handout photo)