Actor and producer Anthony Mackie, best known for his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Sam Wilson/The Falcon, will host The ESPYS next month from The Rooftop at Pier 17 at the Seaport in New York City.
Mackie will take the microphone to help celebrate a trying last year in sports by honoring the unforgettable players and performances. Nominations for the 2021 awards were announced Wednesday. Additionally, the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance and the Pat Tillman Award for Service will be presented during the show, which will be broadcast live on July 10 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
"I'm excited to be hosting this year's ESPYS and to celebrate the gift that sports have been this past year," Mackie said. "They have allowed us to cheer on our favorite teams and athletes together at a time when many felt so alone. As an avid sports fan myself, I can't wait to meet some of my favorite athletes and celebrate their accomplishments!"
Mackie most recently took on the mantle of Captain America in Marvel Studios' "The Falcon and The Winter Soldier," which debuted on Disney+ in March. Mackie has starred in notable films such as Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker." He also starred in, and produced, AppleTV+'s "The Banker" and Netflix's action sci-fi film "Outside the Wire," which became the No. 1 movie on the streaming platform in its first week of release.
NFL star Russell Wilson, WNBA star Sue Bird and USWNT star Megan Rapinoe cohosted last year's awards.
The 2021 ESPYS will follow the 2020 Covid-19 Return-to-Work Safety Agreement with the AMPTP and all relevant city, state and CDC guidelines.
The ESPYS help to raise awareness and funds for the V Foundation for Cancer Research, the charity founded by ESPN and late basketball coach Jim Valvano at the first ESPYS in 1993. ESPN has helped raise more than $134 million for the V Foundation over the past 28 years.