There was another star-studded event last night in Hollywood. Luminaries from the world of sports and entertainment were in attendance for the 12th Annual ESPYs including Lebron James, Michael Phelps, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon. Of course, these famous faces grab all of the headlines, but I believe the true stars of the evening were father-son duo and Mascot Authors, Dick and Rick Hoyt.
The ESPY Awards showcase the best and most talented athletes playing today and proving the possibility of physical achievement. No award represents this more than the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, which went to Team Hoyt. Together, they have run over 1,000 races – impressive on its own, but more impressive considering the many obstacles this duo have overcome along the way. Since their first run in 1977, Dick has pushed Rick in his wheelchair, pulled him on boats, and pedaled him on special two-seated bicycles through all types of races and events to help make Rick feel like a normal athlete. Their story is truly one of love and a relentless commitment to a worthy cause.
Here at Mascot Books, we are happy to see Team Hoyt receive recognition for their courage and dedication. Since our publication of Dick and Rick’s inspirational story, One Letter at a Time, we have been proud to be associated with such caring and uplifting people and wish them continued success in their journey.
For more information about Team Hoyt and Rick’s inspiring story, check out our book One Letter at a Time.
Photo courtesy of ESPN.