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Robin Roberts To Be Honored w/ Arthur Ashe Courage Award At 2013 ESPYS On July 17

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act March 27, 2013 at 1:11PM

The 2013 ESPYS will recognize the strength and courage Robin Roberts has displayed throughout her life and career by honoring her with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award - an award presented each year to individuals whose contributions transcend sports. Past honorees include: Liberian-born soccer legend George Weah (2004); disabled athletes Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah and Jim MacLaren (2005); U.S. Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos (2008); former president Nelson Mandela (2009); and women's basketball coach Pat Summitt (2012), amongst many others.The full details below via press release from ESPN:Robin Roberts to be Honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at The 2013 ESPYS on July 17
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Robin Roberts

The 2013 ESPYS will recognize the strength and courage Robin Roberts has displayed throughout her life and career by honoring her with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award - an award presented each year to individuals whose contributions transcend sports. 

Past honorees include: Liberian-born soccer legend George Weah (2004); disabled athletes Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah and Jim MacLaren (2005); U.S. Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos (2008); former president Nelson Mandela (2009); and women's basketball coach Pat Summitt (2012), amongst many others.

The full details below via press release from ESPN:


Robin Roberts to be Honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at The 2013 ESPYS on July 17

Robin Roberts became known to many across the country as one of the first female sports anchors on ESPN in the 1990's and today, she greets viewers each day as the beloved co- anchor of the country's leading morning show Good Morning America. Roberts has spent nearly two decades on GMA where she delivers the day's news, travels the country and world reporting high-profile assignments and conducts thoughtful interviews with entertainers, athletes and politicians, among others. She has blazed a trail for women in broadcasting, but it is also her personal journey that has served as an inspiration to countless people as she has overcome life-threatening illnesses twice, as America watched. The 2013 ESPYS will recognize the strength and courage Roberts has displayed throughout her life and career by honoring her with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

Roberts love of sports started when she was a child in Mississippi where she was both a champion bowler and a high school basketball star. In 1983, Roberts graduated cum laude from Southeastern Louisiana University, where she played four seasons for the Lady Lions basketball team. She ranks among the team's leaders for points scored, rebounds, field goals made and games played. In 1994, Roberts was inducted in the Women's Institute on Sport and the Education Foundation's Hall of Fame. Roberts was also inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the 2012 class for her contributions to the game of women's basketball through her on-court activities and her broadcasting work.

Roberts began her broadcasting career three decades ago as a sports radio anchor and reporter while still in college. She later held several anchor/reporter jobs in Mississippi, Tennessee and Atlanta before she joined ESPN as an anchorwoman for SportsCenter and NFL Primetime in February 1990. During her tenure at ESPN, Roberts national popularity grew as she took on additional roles including hosting ABC's Wide World of Sports, serving as a play-by-play announcer for sports such as tennis and figure skating, and, in a ground-breaking moment, she stepped in to become the first woman to host an NFL pre-game show during the playoffs, as a substitute for John Saunders. In 1995, the Emmy-award winning Roberts also began working as a featured reporter for Good Morning America and for a decade, Roberts worked at both companies until being named co-anchor for GMA in 2005.

In 2007, Roberts' professional and personal worlds collided as she chose to turn the cameras on herself when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She empowered viewers as they followed her journey to successfully beat the disease and began speaking out on breast cancer awareness and treatment. Her courageous public battle has been recognized with honors from organizations around the country, including The Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Just five years later, Roberts would face the toughest time of her life. In 2012, she announced she was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome), and she would be taking leave from GMA to receive a bone marrow transplant from her sister, Sally-Ann Roberts. Roberts brave battle with MDS brought attention to the illness and greatly increased the number of donors to the Be the Match Foundation, reportedly the world's largest registry of potential bone marrow donors. Roberts returned to her seat at the anchor desk on February 20, just five months to the day since she underwent her bone marrow transplant.

"Robin brings an amazing amount of energy, compassion and determination to everything she does. Those qualities made her an incredible asset during her time here at ESPN, and they have served her well as she battled the terrible health challenges that she's had to face," said ESPN president John Skipper. "Robin's accomplishments in so many areas - as an athlete, a broadcaster, a cancer survivor and more - demonstrate her ability to shine regardless of adversity and we could not be more proud to honor her as the recipient of this year's Arthur Ashe Courage Award."

"The entire ABC News family is incredibly proud that Robin is this year's recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award," said ABC News President Ben Sherwood. "Her unbreakable spirit was ingrained from an early age while growing up in Mississippi. As the daughter of a Tuskegee Airman and the first African-American to head the Mississippi Board of Education, Robin learned early on about fighting the good fight. She stood out as a high school and college basketball star, leading her team and setting records on the court. Robin's tenacity didn't stop there -- she broke barriers to become the first female African-American sports journalist and broadcaster at ESPN. Her battle to beat breast cancer and MDS reflect her approach to every challenge, always thinking of others first with grace, generosity, humility and humor."

The Arthur Ashe Courage Award will be awarded to Roberts at The 2013 ESPYS in Los Angeles. Presented annually to individuals whose contributions transcend sports, the Ashe Award is the emotional pinnacle of the industry-wide sports celebration, which will be televised live Wednesday, July 17, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPNHD from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE.


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