Robin Roberts will soon be honored by ESPN at the ESPY Awards. The network announced that the “Good Morning America” co-anchor will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award when the awards show takes place on July 17.
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to learn that Roberts is being honored in 2013 for the way she handled the diagnosis of her myelodysplastic syndrome. She kept viewers and fans up-to-date with her treatment during her 174-day absence from “GMA,” and returned to the program in February — just in time for the Oscars.
“My humble thanks to @ESPN for naming me recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. He was a true friend and mentor. An amazing honor,” Roberts tweeted. “Overwhelmed by your compassion/well wishes. Being named recipient of #ArthurAsheAward is surreal. We’re ALL a lil stronger than we think. XO”
ESPN president John Skipper said in a statement, “Robin brings an amazing amount of energy, compassion and determination to everything she does. Those qualities made her an incredible asset during her time here at ESPN, and they have served her well as she battled the terrible health challenges that she’s had to face.”