Caitlyn Jenner to Receive the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage

Just hours after Caitlyn Jenner (formerly known as Bruce Jenner) emerged she was hit with a huge honor.

Caitlyn will receive the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the upcoming ESPY Awards. Caitlyn’s family was also join her on stage as she receives this prestigious honor in the sports community.

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Former 1976 decathlon gold medalist Bruce Jenner officially came out as a transgender this past April during an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer. Bruce reemerged as Caitlyn as she shot the July cover of Vanity Fair.

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During the interview Caitlyn stated:

“It’s not about the fanfare, it’s not about people cheering in the stadium, it’s not about going down the street and everybody giving you ‘that a boy, Bruce,’ pat on the back, O.K. This is about your life.”

The Arthur Ashe award is a coveted award highlighting individuals who restore and honor courage in the community much like Arthur Ashe, who was a number one tennis player and the only African American male to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, or the Australia Open. Ashe died of HIV complications after receiving a bad blood transfusion following a heart attack.

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The ESPY’s, which will air on July 15, is being dubbed as Jenner’s “first major public appearance”. Jenner will join past recipients like Robin Roberts, Michael Sams, and Muhummad Ali.

I’m sure Caitlyn will give a magnificent speech since motivational speaking is one of Jenner’s talents.

Do you plan to watch the ESPY’s and Caitlyn’s first public appearance?

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