Caitlyn Jenner to Receive ESPYs’ Arthur Ashe Courage Award

Announcement comes on heels of Vanity Fair cover reveal of former Olympian Bruce as transgender woman

Caitlyn Jenner is photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair

Caitlyn Jenner will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards in July, ESPN announced Monday.

The news comes on the heels of an already big morning for Jenner, formerly known as Bruce, whose cover for the July issue of Vanity Fair was also revealed, along with the launch of her first Twitter account.

“Almost 40 years ago, Bruce Jenner’s Olympic success came as a result of strengthening both his mind and body leading to his status as one of the world’s greatest athletes,” ESPN said in a statement. “But the decision to publicly come out as a transgender woman took a different kind of courage and acceptance of one’s self.”

The former Olympian will receive the award during the ESPYs on July 15 on ABC.

“In the past few months, the overwhelming outpouring of support from all over the world for my journey has been incredible,” said Jenner. “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.”

Past recipients of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award include Michael Sam, Robin Roberts and Pat Summitt.