Caitlyn Jenner will receive the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at this year’s ESPY awards, it has been confirmed.
The news was announced on Monday, the same day that Caitlyn Jenner made her debut on the cover of Vanity Fair.
The sports awards show, will take play on July 15th , and will honour Olympic gold medallist Caitlyn – who could be making her red carpet debut that night.
“In the past few months, the overwhelming outpouring of support from all over the world for my journey has been incredible,” said Jenner 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.”
The Arthur Ashe Courage Award is presented each year at the star-studded US awards show to individuals whose contributions transcend sports.
Past recipients include Muhammad Ali, former president Nelson Mandela and Michael Sam.
Executive producer Maura Mandt from The ESPYS also added: “Bruce has received many accolades over the years for being one of the greatest Olympians of our time but The ESPYS are honored to celebrate Bruce becoming Caitlyn.
“She has shown the courage to embrace a truth that had been hidden for years, and to embark on a journey that may not only give comfort to those facing similar circumstances, but can also help to educate people on the challenges that the transgender community faces.”
Caitlyn Jenner made her appearance in front of the world, with a stunning cover shoot, shot by the renowned Annie Leibovitz, and in the interview – Caitlyn says becoming a woman is better than winning a gold medal.
When identifying as a man – Bruce – Caitlyn won the gold medal for the decathlon in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, but that glory has been eclipsed by the life-changing decision to publicly become a woman.