Ben Affleck to Present Award to Marathoner with Cerebral Palsy

Ben Affleck to present award to marathoner with cerebral palsy.
By Tony Maglio

Boston native Ben Affleck will present the Jimmy V Perseverance award at the 2013 ESPYS on July 17, ESPN said Tuesday.

The award will go to Dick and Rick Hoyt, a father-and-son team who have been racing together for more than 30 years. Rick, 51, was born with cerebral palsy and is unable to use his hands and legs; his father, 73, has pushed his son in a custom-made running chair in more than 1,000 endurance events, including triathlons and marathons.

This past Boston Marathon was to be their last, but as Team Hoyt was one mile away from the finish line, the tragic bombings occurred. They have vowed to run again next year.

The other top award of the evening, the “Arthur Ashe Courage Award,” will be presented by LeBron James to Robin Roberts. Roberts is a former athlete and trailblazer in journalism who has now overcome life-threatening illnesses twice.

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