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Robin Roberts receives Arthur Ashe Award at ESPYs

TV anchor Robin Roberts accepts the Arthur Ashe

TV anchor Robin Roberts accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards. (July 17, 2013) Credit: AP

One of the highlights of Wednesday night's ESPY awards was Robin Roberts receiving the Arthur Ashe Award.

LeBron James presented the award, referring to Roberts as one of the strongest women he knows.

“It’s a moment I couldn’t even begin to dream of when I began my career, you heard me, I just wanted to be the best sports journalist I could be,” Roberts said in her speech. “I wanted to be a pro athlete—that’s what I really wanted to be. But there’s something called -- what is that — oh yeah, ability that you must have. So I am in awe of your vast accomplishments…”

Roberts recalled that she was the next presenter after Jim Valvano became the first-ever recipient of the Arthur Ashe Award.

“I never imagined I’d be able to stand here 20 years after Jimmy V’s speech and say that because of everyone who has responded to his challenge, because of all the donations, research and support, mine is one of the lives that’s been saved.”

Watch Roberts' full speech below:

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