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The Hard Truth: Arthur Ashe Courage Award

The Arthur Ashe Courage Award is known as one of the most prestigious awards in sports. The popular award is given to one person every year who displays “courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost.”

Read that last phrase: no matter what the cost. Tonight at the ESPY’s, ESPN’s yearly award show, Caitlyn Jenner was the recipient of the award. Jenner has been an overwhelmingly unpopular choice for the award. Some have said that it is a publicity stunt by the worldwide leader in sports. Fair? Maybe. There is the argument that other people are more deserving, such as local Buffalo hero Jim Kelly, or basketball player Lauren Hill who famously accomplished the goal of continuing her basketball career and registering minutes in a college game before cancer took her life. Are these fair? Of course they are. The bottom line is this: Jenner does matter. It is an awful choice in the eyes of some and an amazing choice in the eyes of others.

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