Michelle Obama will help honor Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver and present the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2017 ESPYs this Wednesday in Los Angeles, ESPN announced on Monday.
The former First Lady will present the award to Shriver’s son Tim Shriver, who chairs the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics were started by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in the 1960s to help empower people with intellectual disabilities.
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“Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a passionate champion for those with developmental challenges, empowering them to fulfill their highest potential,” Mrs. Obama said in a statement. “Her work to promote inclusion and acceptance transformed the lives of countless young athletes and inspired us all. I am incredibly honored to present this award to her son to celebrate her life’s work.”
The courage award is given annually to someone who embodies the spirit of its namesake, tennis legend and longtime human rights campaigner Arthur Ashe.