In December of 2015, 15-year-old Zaevion Dobson, was shot dead by gang members while trying to shield three young girls from the gunfire. The sophomore was a star football player at his Tennessee high school.
This year, on July 13, Dobson will be honored by the Espy Awards for his courage.
Dobson will be posthumously recognized with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, which is presented annually to sports figures 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.”
“Zaevion’s actions to risk his own life for others demonstrate the true meaning of the word courage, and his boundless bravery has inspired many,” Maura Mandt, ESPY’s executive producer, said in a release. “By celebrating Zaevion’s legacy, we hope to bring more attention to this serious issue and continued focus on the tragic loss of lives to gun violence.”
What a beautiful way to honor this brave young man. May he continue to rest in peace.
Source: Huffington Post