Photo via Vanity Fair
Caitlyn Jenner will be awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year's ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards.
Named in honor of the tennis player and humanitarian, this special distinction is awarded to a person who shows "strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost," says the ESPY committee.
Last year's recipient was Michael Sam, who received the accolade shortly after becoming the first openly gay man to be drafted by an NFL team. Other honorees have included Mohammad Ali, Nelson Mandella, and Robin Roberts.
Jenner, who won the gold medal in the decathalon at the 1976 Olympic Games, will make her first public appearance since unveiling her female self on the cover for Vanity Fair, earlier this week. (Read her extended interview with Vanity Fair here.)
The 2015 ESPY Awards will be held on July 15.
(H/T Gay Star News)