Dick and Rick Hoyt, the father-son team that has been a fixture at the Boston Marathon for more than 30 years, will receive the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPY awards in July.
Team Hoyt, recently honored with a statue at the Boston Marathon starting line in Hopkinton, will receive the award at ESPN's annual program on July 17 in Los Angeles. The Jimmy V Perseverance Award is given in honor of Jim Valvano, the late coach of North Carolina State famous for his impassioned speech about never giving up at the 1993 ESPYs as he battled cancer.
“Rick and I are grateful to be receiving this award, and learning that Jimmy Valvano’s motto was 'don’t give up, don’t ever give up,' is amazing as we have always said that there is no such word as “can’t” in the Hoyt vocabulary,” Dick Hoyt said via an ESPN press release. “Our motto is “Yes You Can” and we strive to always persevere even when others tell you that it cannot be done. We want to thank The V Foundation and the ESPYS for honoring us with this award.”
- Matt Pepin, Boston.com sports editor
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 15-time Boston qualifier who's completed 11 consecutive Boston Marathons and 23 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 12th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes