July 22, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola swimmer Phil Scholz flew to Los Angeles after winning six medals at the CAN-AM Championships last week to partake in the 2008 ESPY Awards. Scholz, a finalist for Best Male Athlete With Disability, was able to experience the pageantry of ESPN's annual awards show.
"It wasn't exactly what I expected, but it was a great experience," says Sholz. "The show was incredible - Justin Timberlake [the host] is crazy."
Sholz arrived in Los Angeles and attended a rooftop pool party the night before the show. He and other star athletes were then escorted to a "style studio" hosted by event sponsors. "I don't have much style sense," said Scholz about the experience.
Like all other sports figures and celebrities, Scholz and his faithful companion Taxi hit the red carpet on their way into the show. "Eli Manning was behind us," recalls Scholz.
At the show, which aired on Sunday night on ESPN and ESPNHD, wrestler Ryan Kocer took home Best Male Athlete with Disability, but Sholz enjoyed the show.
"My favorite part is a toss up between Will Ferrell's skit on Tiger Woods and the Arthur Ashe Courage Award given to two Olympic runners [John Carlos and Tommie Smith]," said Scholz."
After the show, Scholz attended the VIP after-party and called it a night. The Loyola swimmer is now back in the pool training for the Paralympics this August. He leaves for the Summer Games on August 20.