"This tribute will reflect the awe and admiration that these people deserve," said Maura Mandt, Executive Producer of ESPYs.
Hundreds of survivors of sexual abuse who have spoken out against US gymnastics and Michigan State University physique Larry Nassar will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year's ESPY Awards.
ESPN made the announcement Wednesday. "We are honored to recognize the courage of these women at ESPYS 201
She continued, "You have shown us all what it really means to speak the truth to power, and through your courage, you bring about change for future generations." By honoring this group that has spoken out, we want to honor all those who are victims of abuse. "
Many of the athletes – collectively known as" sister survivors "- heard court rulings at Nassar earlier this year, in which the disgraced doctor eventually succumbed in several ways to sexual assault Assaults received 40 to 175 years in prison.
Among those who accused Nassar of abuse are Olympic champions Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney.
"For 25 years, the Arthur Ashe Prize for Courage has been awarded to those who change the world in important ways, and the future will no doubt be different because of the actions of these heroic women," said Maura Mandt, ESPYS Executive Producer , "This tribute will reflect the awe and admiration that these individuals deserve."
Earlier receivers of the award, named after the tennis legend, include Muhammad Ali; Billie Jean King; Nelson Mandela; and last year's winner, Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver.