There was a star-studded display of sports achievement Wednesday evening.
ESPN’s 26th-annual ESPY Awards made history this year, as Danica Patrick became the first female host of the event.
Among many accolades handed out to the best athletes, teams, achievements and performances, this year’s program honored three coaches who were killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as Coach of the Year.
Though overall it is a lighthearted ceremony that recognizes the best in sports, many honorees have used the platform to give powerful acceptance speeches. Here are three inspiring addresses from past ESPY ceremonies: