ESPN is set to award the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year’s ESPY Awards to the girls and women who — collectively known as the “Sister Survivors” — took down Larry Nassar, the disgraced USAG and MSU doctor.
According to sources familiar with the network’s plans, ESPN will be sending letters to all of the recipients sometime this week or next.
The award was first given to Jim Valvano in 1993; Muhammad Ali won in 1997 and Nelson Mandela won in 2009. Recent winners of the award include Pat Summitt (2012), Robin Roberts (2013), Michael Sam (2014), Caitlyn Jenner (2015), Zaevion Dobson (2016), and Eunice Kennedy Shriver (2017).
This year’s award will be presented at the ESPYS on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. ESPY is short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly.
The Arthur Ashe Courage Award is meant to “reflect the spirit of Arthur Ashe, possessing strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs.”
With regards to this year’s winners, that definition sounds just about right, doesn’t it?