Anthony Robles to be given Jimmy V award at ESPYs
Former Mesa High and Arizona State wrestling star Anthony Robles caught the nation’s attention when he captured the NCAA’s 125-pound title in March. Robles was born without a right leg, but went 36-0 as a senior.
The accolades continue to pour in, as he has been selected as the recipient of this year’s Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, which will be formally announced at the 2011 ESPY awards on July 13 in Los Angeles. The award is named for former North Carolina State basketball coach Jim Valvano, who gave a passionate speech at the 1993 ESPYs, just weeks before he died of cancer.
Robles was the Tribune’s Wrestler of the Year in 2006 and went on to have a fabulous career with the Sun Devils. He is also one of the nominees for ‘Best Male Athlete With a Disability’. He has been touring the country as a motivational speaker in the past few months. Here is a story from USA Today about Robles receiving the award.