April 23, 2013

The Arthur Ashe 2013 Courage Award - Robin Roberts

One  of the segments of the ESPY - Excellence In Sports Performance Yearly Awards, is honoring an individual with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Although the award has an "athletic" background being that it is  named after the famous American tennis player, Arthur Ashe, it can be awarded to non-professional athletes. And this year, that is going to be the case on July 17th 2013.

The Arthur Ashe award is given to someone who is engaged in the athletic community but who is also very engaged in their community. According to ESPN, the award is given to someone who "reflect the spirit of Arthur Ashe, possessing strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost".

This year's recipient is GOOD MORNING AMERICA co-host Robin Roberts

Today everybody knows Robin as the cool anchor on Good Morning America but before that, she played and worked in the sports industry. While in college, Robin played basketball. After school, she worked as a sports anchor and reporter for several companies including ESPN's SportsCenter

In her personal life, Robin has battled both breast cancer and the myelodysplastic syndrome. The latter required her to take a leave of absence from GMA to undergo bone marrow transplant. 

I'm glad that she's using her medium as a public figure to bring awareness to these medical conditions. Since coming out about her illness, there's been an increase in volunteer bone marrow donors.

Congratulations to Robin Robert and I'm impress that throughout her ordeal, she never lost her sparkle and still keeps us entertained on GMA


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