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2015 Espys Caitlyn Jenner Gets Arthur Ashe Award

2015 Espys Caitlyn Jenner
As expected, ESPN received criticism when they initially announce their decision to award the former Olympic Gold Medalist.  Despite the negative backlash…the sports network never wavier.  They stood firmly behind their decision.
Soccer player Abby Wambach, of the U.S. women’s national soccer team,  presented the award Caitlyn.  She took to the stage with grace and stood bravely before a packed house full of some of sports most notable athletes and critics  as well as all her mother, sister and kids Burt Jenner, Cassandra Marino and Brandon Jenner, as well as daughter-in-law Leah Jenner and step-daughters Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian.

She accepted the award with dignity honor and pride and gave a very emotional speech which included a tearful plea for acceptance not just for her but for all transgenders.
She also thanked her children for their support and strength throughout her journey.
Her acceptance speech ended with an on screen presentation which depicted her life as Bruce Jenner and the private struggles she is faced with on a daily basis

The Arthur Ashe Courage Award (sometimes called the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage or Arthur Ashe for Courage Award) is an award that is part of the ESPY Awards. Although it is a sport-oriented award, it is not limited to sports-related people or actions, as it is presented annually to individuals whose contributions “transcend sports”. Often these transcendent figures are also athletes who have been at the top of their sport, such as Muhammad Ali, Dean Smith, and Cathy Freeman.

 ESPY Awards: Arthur Ashe Award for Courage

Year Recipients
1993 Jim Valvano (Award Video and Speech)
1994 Steve Palermo
1995 Howard Cosell
1996 Loretta Claiborne
1997 Muhammad Ali
1998 Dean Smith
1999 Billie Jean King
2000 William David Sanders
2001 Cathy Freeman
2002 Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Tom Burnett, and Jeremy Glick

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