Not Arthur Ashe courage

Is Caitlyn Jenner an accurate depiction of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award?

by Howard Robertson and Larry Robinson | 6/19/2015, 12:10 p.m.
Is Caitlyn Jenner an accurate depiction of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award?

But we have also seen Arthur Ashe’s courage in others. We know what it looks like. We have witnessed it in Lauren Hill’s battle against inoperable brain cancer to play for her Mt. Saint Joseph’s basketball team before she died at 19. We saw it in ESPN’s own Stuart Scott’s career and life journey. We saw it in past courage award winners such as Jim Valvano, Muhammad Ali, John Carlos and Tommy Smith, Nelson Mandela, Robin Roberts, Pat Summit and others. We even see this brand of courage among everyday people in ICUs and hospitals as they fight to maintain their lives.

Give Caitlyn another award and call it something else. We believe that courage, true courage of the Arthur Ashe ilk is exemplified in people who overcome and overtake fear in order to fight for life. This is as opposed to those who choose to end a life or a lifestyle because they lack the courage to continue with their life in the same way…as is apparently the situation of the athlete formerly know as Bruce.

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