Some sports fans have rallied in support of the late Lauren Hill to receive the courage award instead of Jenner, saying the college basketball player who battled brain cancer and raised money and awareness is a more deserving candidate. A hashtag campaign #LaurenHillESPY is being used to rally fans.
A petition has been formed on Change.org asking ESPN to honor both Jenner and Hill with the courage award.
Other fans suggested that Noah Galloway, an Army veteran who lost limbs in a roadside bomb in Iraq and now participates in extreme sporting events was a more worthy recipient than Jenner.
According to the Washington Post, past winners of the Arthur Ashe Courage award include Robin Roberts, Pat Summit and Michael Sam.
Leah Still and her father, Cincinnati Bengals tackle Devon Still, will receive the Jimmy V Perseverance Award as she continues to bravely battle cancer and raise awareness.