Zaevion Dobson to receive Arthur Ashe Courage Award posthumously at ESPYs

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The ESPYs will air LIVE on News 8 beginning at 8 p.m. 

LOS ANGELES (WKRN) – Zaevion Dobson, a high school football player who was shot to death while shielding two girls from gunfire, will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs.

The 15-year-old Dobson will be the youngest person ever to win the award, which has been given annually since 1993. The award recognizes individuals who embody the spirit of Ashe, who dedicated his life to human rights advocacy.

Zenobia Dobson and Zaevion’s two brothers will accept the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in honor of the late Knoxville teen. Zaevion’s football coach Rob Black of Fulton High School will be at the awards show as well.

“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.”

The Middle Tennessee State University men’s basketball team is nominated for the “Best Upset” ESPY Award.

Other tributes will include Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar honoring the late Muhammad Ali.

Many athletes and celebrities will present awards including ESPN Sportscaster Chris Berman, Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, Dallas Wings’ Skylar Diggins, retired WNBA star Lisa Leslie, actor David Oyelowo, actor Usher Raymond IV, skier Lindsey Vonn, Chicago Bulls’ Dwyane Wade, Houston Texans’ JJ Watt, Disney Channel star Zendaya and more.

Super Bowl champion and VFL Peyton Manning will attend the award show.

Other athletes to be in attendance are Pittsburgh Steelers’ Antonio Brown, Dallas Cowboys’ Dez Bryant, retired NBA star Kobe Bryant, Kansas City Royals’ Eric Hosmer, beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings, Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, FC Kansas City’s Sydney Leroux, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love and JR Smith, Denver Broncos’  Von Miller, NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, retired soccer player Abby Wambach and more.

Crown and the M.O.B. and Andra Day are scheduled to perform.

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