Thursday, July 14, 2016

LITTLE LEAGUE® ALUM CRAIG SAGER TO RECEIVE JIMMY V AWARD AT THE 2016 ESPYS

Courtesy of Turner Sports
At the 2016 ESPYS, Little League® alum Craig Sager will be presented with the Jimmy V Award, an honor that acknowledges someone in sports who has overcome great obstacles through perseverance and determination. Mr. Sager, a popular Turner Sports reporter, has been fighting acute myeloid leukemia for more than two years. The award was named after the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator.

Mr. Sager played for the Batavia Little League in Batavia, Ill., in the early 1960s. His teammate was former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback, Ken Anderson. His courage and perseverance reflect the embodiment of Little League.

"Craig's positive attitude and passion have always been cornerstones of the coverage he does for TNT and those attributes are a large part of what endears him to fans," Maura Mandt, executive producer of the ESPYS, said in a statement. "He serves as an inspiration to many as he continues his work while battling this devastating disease."

Mr. Sager will be presented with the Jimmy V Award by another Little League graduate, Vice President, Joe Biden, who is also a member of the Little League Hall of Excellence. Vice President Biden began playing baseball at the Green Ridge Little League in Scranton, Pa.