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SportBill Russell to receive Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPYs

17:35  30 may  2019
17:35  30 may  2019 Source:   sportswire.usatoday.com

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NBA legend Bill Russell was honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award during the 2019 ESPY Awards . The award recognizes those who reflect the Kobe Bryant presented this year's award . "I'm humbled to receive the Arthur Ashe Award ," Russell said in a statement. "It is a great honor to be

Russell has been one of the NBA's leading civil rights figures since entering the NBA in 1956.

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On July 10, Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the NBA's annual ESPY Award show.

Ashe, a professional tennis player who won three Grand Slam titles, was the first black man to win a title at Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open.

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Bill Russell still holds the record for most NBA championships won by a single player, yet his legacy has been defined as much by what he’s done off The announcement was made on Thursday, with Russell himself sharing the news: Just found out I will be receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award .

Russell will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year’s ESPY award show on July 10. The 11-time NBA champ Tweeted out the news Thursday “ Arthur was a man of great courage ” the 85-year-old said in his Tweet. “Tune in July 10, this is a special honor”. Russell won 11 titles in his 13

In the 1980s, Ashe contracted HIV and made a public announcement regarding his health status in 1992. Soon after, Ashe began to devote his efforts to educate others about the deadly and debilitating disease, founding the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health before passing away due to AIDS-related pneumonia in 1993.

Like Russell, Ashe was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (by former President Bill Clinton) though he was granted the honor posthumously. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is one of the highest civilian awards and is granted to individuals who make an "especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors" per Executive Order 9586.

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The Arthur Ashe award is given to individuals who "possess strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up Lakers great Kobe Bryant presented Russell with the award . Standing ovation for Bill Russell while receiving the Arthur Ashe award 👏 # ESPYS

Celtics Hall of Fame center Bill Russell announced on Thursday that he will be receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2019 ESPYs . Russell has fought for civil rights and battled discrimination since entering the NBA in 1956. He participated in the March on Washington in 1963 and became the

Also awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the ESPY's In 2017, Russell is widely known for his efforts to promote racial equality and was one of the most prominent civil rights activists despite his national acclaim as an NBA star.

To this day, Russell is respected for continuing to be outspoken and continuing to push the conversation about equality forward.

Russell helped pave the way for players like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant to both be allowed in and glorified in the NBA as well as to be able to speak their mind and be influencers in their efforts to promote and create harmony and unity across different cultures, as well as genders.

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Russell has 11 NBA championships to his name. When you go back and look at all of the players that have played in the NBA, Bill Russell will always At 85 years old, Russell will be honored this year at the ESPY 's with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award which is given to an athlete who goes above and

Celtics Hall of Fame center Bill Russell announced on Thursday that he will be receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2019 ESPYs . President Obama awarded Russell the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. 2019 will mark the 27th annual Arthur Ashe Award .

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