Zaevion Dobson To Receive ESPY Courage Award
Zaevion Dobson, the 15-year-old young man who died protecting his friends from gunfire, will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, ESPN announced on Tuesday.
Dobson, who was a Fulton High School football player in Knoxville, Tennessee, was killed on December 17, 2015, when gang members who were seeking revenge for a prior shooting opened fired on Zaevion and a group of friends sitting on a front porch.
“There’s nothing more courageous than somebody sacrificing their own life for somebody else,” said Maura Mandt, the ESPYs executive producer.
Zaevion’s mother, Zenobia Dobson, will accept the award on her son’s behalf at the 2016 ESPYs on July 13 in Los Angeles.
“He would light up the room,” Zenobia Dobson said. “He was just so sweet. He had a warm spirit. His spirit was awesome, amazing. He was an amazing son. He was so sweet. He would always compliment me. He would always compliment his friends.”
Kudos to ESPN for getting it right this time!