The hundreds of survivors of Larry Nassar’s abuse will be recognized with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2018 ESPYs. ESPN made the announcement on Wednesday.
Larry Nassar survivors win 2018 Arthur Ashe Courage Award
The Arthur Ashe Courage Award will be awarded to the hundreds of athletes who spoke out about the abuses they suffered from former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
— ESPN (@espn) May 16, 2018
Hundreds of gymnasts and other athletes publicly spoke out against Nassar, the former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor who will spend the rest of his life in prison. More than 150 of Nassar’s accusers confronted him during a sentencing hearing in January, including high-profile Olympians such as Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber.
“I will not rest until every last trace of your influence on this sport has been destroyed like the cancer it is,” Raisman told Nassar during the sentencing.
Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years behind bars after pleading guilty to multiple charges of criminal sexual conduct and child pornography.
The award will be handed out during the ESPYs on July 18. It’s unclear who will accept the honor and speak at the awards ceremony.
Wednesday, Michigan State reached a $500 million settlement with hundreds of Nassar survivors.