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John Cena is set to host the 2016 ESPYs, it was announced Thursday.
The 15-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion recently appeared in the comedies Trainwreck and Sisters and hosts and executive produces Fox’s military-inspired competition series American Grit.
Cena is also the most-requested Make-A-Wish granter of all time and the only celebrity to grant 500 wishes.
The ESPYs recognize leading athletes and major achievements from the past year in sports. The awards show also raises more than $1 million annually for the V Foundation, founded by ESPN personality and late basketball coach Jim Valvano to promote cancer research.
The ESPYs will air live on ABC from L.A.’s Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 13, at 8 p.m. ET.
“It is truly an honor to be named host of the 2016 ESPYS,” Cena said in a statement. “Not only will the biggest names in sports and entertainment come together to recognize some of the most spectacular athletic performances of the year, but we’ll also raise funds for the V Foundation to further much-needed cancer research.”
Executive producer Maura Mandt added, “John is not only a superstar athlete and entertainer, but also a motivational force who inspires fans across the globe. John approaches all of his endeavors with energy, enthusiasm and passion, so we expect him to bring a new level of excitement to the night’s celebration.”
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