When David Beckham shows up sporting a modified Mohawk, everyone takes notice. And that's saying something, when the place is teeming with top athletes from every generation!
It all went down at the 27th Annual Sports Spectacular, a massive gala held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on May 20, 2102. The exceptionally tall, exceptionally male crowd formed early, as the party started at 5PM, early enough for the hordes of kids (mostly boys) who came along to try to meet their heroes.
Beckham's kids weren't immune from the excitement, either; for while he and wife Victoria left their baby girl Harper at home, they brought their three boys, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz to the bash. And they were as excited as the rest of the sports fanatics to come face-to-face (or really knee to face) with basketball legends like Robert Horry, Ron Harper, Michael Cooper, John Salley and Kevin Love.
Love, along with Beckham and the 2012 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants (accepted by Ahmad Bradshaw) received special awards from the Medical Genetics Institute at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, the reason everyone keeps turning out for this ever-expanding event.
"I have been to every one of them," recalled beach volleyball legend Randy Stoklos. "It started as a barbecue in someone's backyard, now there's 1600 people here! It's amazing."
Amazing, too, were the big names from both sports and entertainment on hand to support the research center. Singer Marc Anthony brought his new main squeeze, model Shannon De Lima, and belted out the National Anthem to start things off. Actors Beth Behrs (from "Two Broke Girls"), Anthony Anderson, Alan Thicke, Gina Carano, Jesse Williams and Sean Hayes made the scene, along with pro and Olympic athletes including Michael Irvin, Warren Moon, Terrell Owens, Dave Winfield, Jen Kessy, Mia St. John, Maurice Greene, Sinjin Smith, Cobi Jones and Michael Moorer.
But it was Beckham that set the place atwitter as he accepted his International Athlete of the Year Award from hockey great Wayne Gretzky and Marc Anthony.
"I feel very humbled by this award," Beckham said, "because nothing compares to what you doctors do. I kick a football around, some guys here throw a ball, some hit one, but that's all we do. The doctors are the true heroes here tonight."
Everyone seemed to agree, as the big night brought in over $1.3 million in the continuing fight to combat genetic birth defects. Now that's really spectacular!
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