So Caitlyn Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and I have been pondering this and so am posting the definition.
The Arthur Ashe Courage Award (sometimes called the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage or Arthur Ashe for Courage Award) is an award that is part of the ESPY Awards. Although it is a sport-oriented award, it is not limited to sports-related people or actions, as it is presented annually to individuals whose contributions “transcend sports”. Often these transcendent figures are also athletes who have been at the top of their sport, such as Muhammad Ali, Dean Smith, and Cathy Freeman.
“On the subject of why Jenner was selected for the Ashe Award, [Maura] Mandt said, ‘I think Caitlyn’s decision to publicly come out as a transgender woman and live as Caitlyn Jenner displayed enormous courage and self-acceptance. Bruce Jenner could have easily gone off into the sunset as this American hero and never have dealt with this publicly. Doing so took enormous courage. He was one of the greatest athletes of our time. That is what the Arthur Ashe Courage Award is about, somebody from the athletic community who has done something that transcends sport. One of the biggest platforms the Arthur Ashe Foundation has is educational, and I think in this choice we have the opportunity to educate people about this issue and hopefully change and possibly save some lives. I think that is why it was the right choice.’”
This helps me better understand how someone is selected for this award. As Maura Mandt spoke that Caitlyn Jenner displayed enormous courage and self-acceptance and therefore was selected but still was the Arthur Ashe Courage Award totally buried and did this award ceremony prove to be nothing but a Transgender Platform?
It will remain to be seen how Caitlyn continues her courage and how she will continue to educate and advocate for the Transgendered community. Myself I just want acceptance for all and hope for the day were it no longer has to be a high profile issue.