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WWE superstar and 15-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena has been announced as the host of the 2016 ESPY Awards. The appointment marks the first time that Cena has ever served as emcee for the network’s annual awards program. Cena was humble in discussing being named as this year’s emcee opting instead to discuss those who the program honors and its philanthropic roots. “It is truly an honor to be named host of The 2016 ESPYS,” he said. “Not only will the biggest names in sports and entertainment come together to recognize some of the most spectacular athletic performances of the year, but we’ll also raise funds for The V Foundation to further much-needed cancer research.” ESPYS Executive Producer Maura Mandt noted Cena’s celebrity and the positive impact that he has in and out of the ring in discussing his appointment. “John is not only a superstar athlete and entertainer, but also a motivational force who inspires fans across the globe,” she said. “John approaches all of his endeavors with energy, enthusiasm and passion so we expect him to bring a new level of excitement to the night’s celebration.”
Along with being one of the top names in WWE today, Cena is also host and executive producer of FOX’s new reality competition series American Grit. That is just one of his credits outside the ring. He has also made appearances in the hit comedies Trainwreck and Sisters. Along with all of that, Cena also works extensively with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He is the foundation’s most requested wish granter and has more than lived up to expectations, having granted some 500 wishes. He was recently recognized by the USO Metro as the recipient of the organization’s 2016 Legacy of Achievement Award. As if all of this isn’t enough, Cena is also deeply involved in Susan G. Komen and its efforts to research and fight breast cancer.
The 2016 ESPN ESPY Awards will air live on ABC Wednesday, July 13th at 8pm ET from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. It raises more than $1 million annual for The V Foundation, which was originally established by ESPN and Jim Valvano in order to promote cancer research. Tickets for the ESPY Awards can be purchased online at AXS.com. More information on The ESPY Awards is available online now at:
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