Lauren Hill is the name on everyone's minds when it comes to the award.
Caitlyn Jenner formally introduced herself, and it caused the internet to explode. The whole Twitter-verse was consumed with talking about the former Olympic-winner-turned-empowered-woman.
ESPN responded in their own way by announcing Jenner would be the recipient of the Arthur Ashe award for Courage. She will be joined by her family when she accepts it at the ESPYs. Jenner couldn't contain her excitement.
What the hell am I going to wear? http://t.co/HoXNQasAXM— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) June 2, 2015
Some people are calling into question ESPN's motives for their choice of the recipient. The worldwide leader never released the runner-ups, but there are some common names that keep coming up. Noah Galloway and OJ Brigance both come up in conversation, but Lauren Hill was the name most tweeted.
Hill raised over $1 million for cancer research and was an inspiration for many in her 19 years of life. Her cause caught the eye of many athletes including LeBron James and Devon Still. Many teams participated in #Layup4Lauren, and the cause continues to raise money and awareness.
Even in Hill's passing, she continues to inspire others.
OJ Brigance, Lauren Hill are both worthy candidates for the Arthur Ashe courage award if it was not about ratings, hits and clicks— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) June 2, 2015
I respect Caitlyn Jenner and applaud her but I just don't think she deserves the ESPY courage award over Lauren Hill or Sgt. Noah Galloway— JP Hussey (@Jay_Pizzle16) June 2, 2015
Very sad to hear that Lauren Hill is not receiving this award. What she did this year is the definition of courage. https://t.co/eNBom4FwHd— Nick Apisa (@NickApisa) June 2, 2015
Glad Jenner is finally able to live life on her own terms, but the Ashe award for courage? Lauren Hill deserves that.— Cliff Saunders (@cliffsaunders) June 2, 2015
Many want Hill to receive the award posthumously, but by the looks of things she did her job of raising awareness for the cause and that's what her main goal was. She's already a winner in many people's books.
The ESPYs will air on July 15.