ESPY charity and "environmentality"

Phelps at ESPYsvia AP

It’s no surprise that Michael Phelps won tons of goods at the 17th annual ESPY Awards, which took place in LA last week and aired yesterday. Samuel L. Jackson hosted the event that honors the best star athletes and memorable moments in sports from the past year.

The swim trunk hunk walked away with Best Male Athlete—ending Tiger Woods’ 5-year reign, Best Record-Breaking Performance, Best Championship Performance, and Best Male Olympian. Phew! This guy’s got so many medals and trophies he’s going to run out of shelf space soon.

Unlike most awards shows, the ESPYs are noted for its contribution to charity! A portion of the proceeds is donated to The V Foundation, named for its founder, Jim Valvano. The V Foundation raises money to fund cancer research. They even have an award honoring an individual for their personal courage or charitable works outside the sports arena--The Arthur Ashe Courage Award. 1968 Olympic medalists John Carlos and Tommie Smith took it home this year.

They even made sure the event was super eco-friendly, dubbing a new term for their efforts: “environmentality.” The red carpet was just an illusion—it was made with 100% green materials! The carpet was made from 51,000 plastic soda bottles. They also promised to plant a tree for every person who attended the event.

If you’re a sports nut there are tons of ways you can give back like an allstar. Help out The V Foundation by starting an awareness campaign in your hometown for the cancer cause and fundraise for research. You can also learn more about the ESPYs “environmentality” on their site and use this summer to go green!