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.