Four lovely and talented athletes were nominated for Best Female Athlete at the 2016 ESPYs, but only one walked away the winner. Congrats to Breanna Stewart for being named the Best Female Athlete of the year!
Breanna Stewart was named the winner of the Best Female Athlete award at the 2016 ESPYs. Up against Simone Biles, Elena Delle Donne and Katie Ledecky, Breanna’s talent on the basketball court shined above the rest.
Breanna walked up to the stage wearing a gorgeous magenta dress. She started out her speech by thanking her fans, family and UConn for supporting her. Then she made a strong statement on behalf of female athletes.
“I’m trying to understand why we — as professional female athletes — why we don’t receive anywhere near the fame [as male athletes]. This has to change,” she said to cheers from the crowd.
Breanna played at UConn women’s basketball team and led the team to four national championships. She was named the Final Four’s most outstanding player four times over the course of her college career. She was the first overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft. She now plays for the Seattle Storm.
Breanna, Elena, Katie and Simone were nominated for the Best Female Athlete award. All four ladies are super talented in their own right. Breanna dominates on the UConn women’s basketball team, Elena wows on the court for the Chicago Sky, Katie is incredible in the pool, and Simone is a powerhouse in gymnastics.
The ESPYs are all about celebrating the best of the best in sports. At this year’s ceremony, Stephen Curry, Aaron Rodgers, the Cleveland Cavaliers and more won big. You can see the full list of ESPYs winners HERE!
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