Arthur Ashe Courage Award
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 figures are also athletes who have been at the top of their sport, such as Muhammad Ali, Dean Smith, and Cathy Freeman.
List of recipients
- – awarded posthumously
|1993||Jim Valvano||College basketball|
|1996||Loretta Claiborne||Special Olympics|
|1998||Dean Smith||College basketball|
|1999||Billie Jean King||Tennis|
|2000||William David Sanders||Columbine High School massacre|
|2002||Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Tom Burnett, and Jeremy Glick||Flight 93|
|2003||Pat Tillman and Kevin Tillman||American football / baseball|
|2004||George Weah||Association football|
|2005||Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah and Jim MacLaren||Athletics|
|2006||Roia Ahmad and Shamila Kohestani||Women's association football|
|2007||Trevor Ringland and David Cullen from Peace Players International|
|2008||Tommie Smith and John Carlos|
In June 2015, ESPN's announcement of Caitlyn Jenner as the recipient of that year's Arthur Ashe Courage Award led to significant criticism among online commenters and some members of the media, with Bob Costas calling the decision to give Jenner the award a "crass exploitation play". Most of the critics of the Jenner award considered Lauren Hill, who played college basketball despite suffering from a brain tumor that would claim her life only a few months later, a more worthy recipient. Others cited Noah Galloway, an Iraq War double amputee who competes in extreme sports and was also a finalist in the spring 2015 season of Dancing with the Stars, as a worthy candidate.
In July 2015, conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro and transgender rights activist Zoey Tur were on Dr. Drew On Call to discuss Caitlyn Jenner's receipt of the Award. Shapiro publicly announced that "self identification is what you do" as justification for why Jenner was undeserving of the award.
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- Falzone, Diane (June 3, 2015). "Anger over Caitlyn Jenner being chosen over Lauren Hill for ESPY courage award". Fox News. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
- "Bob Costas slams ESPN over Caitlyn Jenner ESPY courage award". Fox News. June 10, 2015. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
- Goldstein, Sasha (2015-07-21). "Ben Shapiro files complaint against transgender reporter Tur". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2016-06-23.