June 29, 2016

Teen football player who died shielding girls from gunfire selected as ESPN's Ashe Courage Award winner

StaffRebel Columnist

Last year ESPN was criticized for awarding its Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Caitlyn Jenner. Now the award is going to Zaevion Dobson, the Tennessee high school football player who died saving a group of girls.

According to NY Daily News, on December 17, Dobson was with a few friends in his northern Knoxville neighborhood when a group of men approached them and fired into the crowd. Dobson jumped onto three girls and shielded them. He was the only one hit.

Maura Mandt, the ESPYs executive producer said that, “There’s nothing more courageous than somebody sacrificing their own life for somebody else.”

Dobson’s mother, Zenobia Dobson, will accept the award on behalf of her son on July 13. His brothers are also expected to attend.

“He was just so sweet. He had a warm spirit. His spirit was awesome, amazing. He was an amazing son. He was so sweet. He would always compliment me. He would always compliment his friends,” Zenobia said.

A true hero. There's no question about that.

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commented 2016-06-30 01:44:04 -0400
Now this is someone who deserved the award, Jenner did nothing brave.
Much respect for this man being selfless and brave.
commented 2016-06-29 20:40:24 -0400
Bill Elder—-Your description of the Knoxville gang situation sounds like Toronto in the near future . With Trudeau’s uncontrolled Immigration and lack of proper vetting, give it three more years.
commented 2016-06-29 20:09:49 -0400
Bit of a backgrounder here: Knoxville where this young man and his cousin were murdered has seen gang crime expand exponentially with the enhanced public housing programs – it has a murder rate twice the national average and police estimate 30 separate gangs with 1500 members are fighting over 16 blocks in turf wars over – wait for it – drugs – but no its the NRA causing it.
commented 2016-06-29 19:53:39 -0400
It’s a cruel turn of fate that this young man was taken, giving his life for others when this kind of courage and empathy are so rare. His life should be celebrated.
commented 2016-06-29 16:05:56 -0400
Wish more kids these days were as selfless as you were Zavion….RIP
commented 2016-06-29 15:44:07 -0400
Zavion Dobson was not a teen. In his brave and noble actions he was a man.
May God receive him into His presence.