Caitlyn Jenner to be Honored at 2015 ESPYS

By Anny Jules          By Getty Images  

By Anny Jules          By Getty Images  

 

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce, is gearing up to make her first public appearance since becoming a woman at the 2015 ESPYS. 

She will be honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage award which is an award given to those who personify “strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost,” ESPN said in a statement.

Since identifying herself as a transgendered woman, Caitlyn Jenner has said that she aims to be a prominent voice and pioneer for the transgender community.

Past recipients of this award include Muhammad Ali, Stuart Scott, Jim Valvano, Robin Roberts, Nelson Mandela, and Michael Sam.

Following the announcement of her ESPYS win, Caitlyn released a statement expressing her excitement over her win and the gratitude she feels towards all of her supporters. 

"In the past few months, the overwhelming outpouring of support from all over the world for my journey has been incredible,” Caitlyn said in the press release. “However, being honored with this award, which is named after one of my heroes, is truly special. For the first time this July, I will be able to stand as my true self in front of my peers.”

Sources claim that Caitlyn will  receive her prestigious award onstage at the 2015 ESPYS alongside her 10 children and stepchildren.

And though Caitlyn is beyond excited to be receiving her award, critics are slamming ESPN for not choosing other candidates whom they feel are more deserving of the Arthur Ashe Courage award. 

Other names who social media users feel should have won the award are Army veteran Noah Galloway and college basketball player Lauren Hill. 

“Glad Jenner is finally able to live life on her own terms, but the Ashe award for courage? Lauren Hill deserves that,” Cliff Saunders tweeted.

“While I think it’s cool @ESPN is awarding Caitlyn Jenner, there was nobody more courageous than Lauren Hill in all of sports,” Mike Piff added. 

So far, neither ESPN or Caitlyn Jenner has responded publicly to the criticism. 

The ESPYS will take place in Los Angeles on July 15. 

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