Survivors of sexual assault make a powerful moment at the ESPY awards

posted by Mark Robertson - 

NHL player Alex Ovechkin and Olympic snowboarding champion Chloe Kim won best athlete honors at the ESPYs last night (July 18th) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Ovechkin won best male athlete at ESPN's annual sports awards show after leading the Washington Capitals to their first Stanley Cup championship, and also won an ESPY for best NHL player. Kim won best female athlete after winning the gold medal in halfpipe at the Pyeongchang Olympic Games in February at age 17. Kim also won ESPYs for best female Olympian and female action sports athlete.

In a powerful moment, more than 140 survivors of sexual abuse by a former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University were honored with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. In other moving moments, the Best Coach award was given posthumously to Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon, who died in the February mass shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and former quarterback Jim Kelly received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance for his struggle with jaw cancer.

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