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ESPYS to honor Caitlyn Jenner with Arthur Ashe Courage Award

In celebration of Caitlyn Jenner’s courage in revealing her true identity as a transgender woman, ESPN announced that she will be presented with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at The 2015 ESPYS presented by Capital One. The Arthur Ashe Award is annually presented to individuals whose contributions transcend sports and carry Ashe’s legacy as inspirational.

Not so long ago, people knew him as Bruce Jenner, an olympic gold medalist and former track and field athlete. Through bravery, Jenner transformed to her true self and is now known as Caitlyn Jenner. 40 years later, Jenner made the decision to be a woman and be happy with herself. Jenner had a long career from being a star athlete and breaking world records to his role in E!’s reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Although divorced now, Jenner was married to Kris Jenner for 23 years having two daughters Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner. Following their divorce in 2015, Caitlyn disclosed her troubles and journey as a woman in a man’s body during a 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer. Caitlyn revealed her battle to be a woman since her youth to taking female hormones in the 1980s. She was hiding under a Bruce Jenner facade because of similar reasons that many transgenders face today. Her daughters Kendall and Kylie Jenner have supported her since her transformation and has inspired many transgenders since her debut as Caitlyn Jenner.

Her recent cover shoot with Vanity Fair gave her exposure as Caitlyn and continues to publicly speak about her transformation. In an interview with Pulitzer Prize winning contributing editor, Buzz Bissinger, Jenner said about her photo shoot, “That was a good day, but the last couple of days were better. . . . This shoot was about my life and who I am as a person. 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.” This is a preview of her story in Vanity Fair which will hit newsstands on June 9.

The ESPYS will be hosted by comedian and actor Joel McHale and will be televised Wednesday, July 15 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

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