Zaevion Dobson, the 15-year-old high school football player who shielded three young women from gunfire last December, will be granted the coveted Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2016 ESPY Awards. Dobson died during the shootout, saving the lives of those he covered.
During the the July 13 awards ceremony, the Knoxville, Tenn. teen’s family will be given the award due to Dobson’s “strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril, and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost,” the Huffington Post wrote.
In a press release, Maura Mandt, the ESPYs executive producer stressed that “Zaevion’s actions to risk his own life for others” embodies courage and has inspired others. “By celebrating Zaevion’s legacy, we hope to bring more attention to this serious issue and continued focus on the tragic loss of lives to gun violence,” she said.
As HELLO BEAUTIFUL previously reported, Dobson and several friends were hanging out on the evening of December 17th when 23-year-old Brandon Perry drove through the neighborhood and “randomly fired multiple times.” Dobson was killed when he threw himself over three girls to protect them from the gunfire.
Dobson’s death was mourned by the entire city while the Knoxville’s mayor stressed that the teen inspired others to do and be better.
“[Dobson was] involved in sports and a mentee of one of our organizations in town. But still he falls victim to this…He was really one of our success stories” mayor Madeline Rogero said at a press conference about the deaths last winter.
Dobson’s mother will be accepting the award on her son’s behalf.
“The family of Zaevion William Dobson accepts with great appreciation the honorable Arthur Ashe Award on behalf of our beloved young man of valor, who sacrificed himself to save others,” Zenobia Dobson said. “Arthur Ashe was a leading example of strength and courage for us as a family, and we feel truly blessed and honored that our Zaevion joins the ranks of honorees.”
She concluded, “Like Arthur Ashe, Zaevion faced obstacles, but he overcame them. [And] with this award, we know that Zaevion’s name and example will never be forgotten.”
Justice For…A List Of People Killed By Police In 2014 (PHOTOS)
1. Jordan Baker, 26, Killed January 2014 In TexasSource:Handout 1 of 20
2. McKenzie Cochran, 25, Killed January 2014 In DetroitSource:Handout 2 of 20
3. Keith Vidal, 18, Killed January 2014 In North CarolinaSource:Handout 3 of 20
4. Yvette Smith, 47, Killed February 2014 In TexasSource:Handout 4 of 20
5. Victor White III, 22, Killed March 2014 In LouisianaSource:Handout 5 of 20
6. Dontre Hamilton, 31, Killed April 2014 In MilwaukeeSource:Handout 6 of 20
7. Jason Harrison, 28, Killed June 2014 In TexasSource:Screengrab 7 of 20
8. Eric Garner, 43, Killed July 2014 In NYCSource:Screengrab 8 of 20
9. Ezell Ford, Killed August 2014 In CaliforniaSource:Handout 9 of 20
10. Dante Parker, 36, Killed August 2014 In CaliforniaSource:Handout 10 of 20
11. Kajieme Powell, 25, Killed August 2014 In St. LouisSource:Screengrab 11 of 20
12. Omar Abrego, 37, Killed August 2014 In CaliforniaSource:Handout 12 of 20
13. Maria Godinez, 22, Killed August 2014 In OrlandoSource:Handout 13 of 20
14. Michael Brown Jr., 18, Killed August 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.Source:Handout 14 of 20
15. Darrien Hunt, 22, Killed September 2014 In UtahSource:Handout 15 of 20
16. Jack Jacquez, 27, Killed November 2014 In ColoradoSource:Handout 16 of 20
17. Tamir Rice, 12, Killed November 2014 In OhioSource:Handout 17 of 20
18. Akai Gurley, 28, Killed November 2014 In NYCSource:Handout 18 of 20
19. Tanesha Anderson, 37, Killed November 2014 In ClevelandSource:Handout 19 of 20
20. Rumain Brisbon, 34, Killed December 2014 In ArizonaSource:Handout 20 of 20