Caitlyn Jenner at ESPYs: Former Olympian will receive Arthur Ashe Award for Courage
UPDATE: ESPN sent out a press release on Tuesday to announce Caitlyn Jenner’s presence at the 2015 ESPY awards, where she’ll receive the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.
“In the past few months, the overwhelming outpouring of support from all over the world for my journey has been incredible,” Jenner said in a statement. “However, being honored with this award, which is named after one of my heroes, is truly special. For the first time this July, I will be able to stand as my true self in front of my peers.”
Jenner commented on the news via her Twitter account.
EARLIER: Caitlyn Jenner will receive the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at this year’s ESPY awards, ESPN confirmed on Monday.
Jenner, who came out as transgender in an interview with Diane Sawyer back in April, made her first appearance on the July cover of Vanity Fair. (Jenner, who was formerly known as Bruce Jenner, won the gold medal in the men’s decathlon at the 1976 Olympics.)
“It’s not about the fanfare, it’s not about people cheering in the stadium, it’s not about going down the street and everybody giving you ‘that a boy, Bruce,’ pat on the back, O.K. This is about your life,” the former Olympian told Vanity Fair.
Jenner will be joined by her family on stage at the ESPY awards, which take place on July 15. ESPN is calling the event Jenner’s “first major public appearance.”