Probably the worst aspect of ESPN is when the network pushes a political agenda, pretending like they are legitimate decisions rather than a shameless reason to push ratings.
Naming Caitlyn Jenner the recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the recent ESPY Awards was a perfect example of its strategy.
Jenner’s situation occurred because of a decision he made — not because of a life circumstance that unfairly targeted him. He spent a millionaire’s money for a sex change. Jenner was credited for showing courage to those facing similar circumstances as well as for educating people about the transgender community.
Mount St. Joseph basketball player Lauren Hill should have been the rightful winner of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. She defined courage through her work.
Hill passed away in April from a rare brain tumor, but not before impacting millions around the world while raising awareness for her illness.
She helped raise more than $1 million for research for The Cure Starts Now. The Cure Starts Now doubled its grant money because of Lauren’s efforts.
The Hill family was recognized, but not Lauren Hill.
Devon and Leah Still received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs.
“She epitomized what courage was all about,” said Keith Desserich, from The Cure Starts Now. “She did it just for the kids. She did it for that home run cure.”
Hill followed the example of Arthur Ashe, who likely contracted HIV from a blood transfusion he received during heart bypass surgery.
Ashe worked to educate others about HIV and AIDS. He founded the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health before his death from AIDS-related pneumonia on Feb. 6, 1993.