Dave Sanders receives Arthur Ashe Award

Dave Sanders

Columbine High School teacher William "Dave" Sanders lost his life in the tragic April 1999 shooting. A coach for 25 years in softball, track and basketball, Sanders had mentored more students than he could count, and on that day, he gave his life for them. The assailants gunned down Sanders, but not before he alerted hundreds of students to the impending melee and directed many of them to safety. Many students, friends and family members remembered a man who set an example of fairness, sportsmanship, and caring for students and faculty alike.

Arthur Ashe Award

The Ashe Award is one of the most prestigious in sports. Recipients reflect the spirit of Arthur Ashe, possessing 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. The award is inspired by the life that Ashe lived, using his fame and stature to advocate for human rights, although, at the time, those positions may have been unpopular and were often controversial. From speaking out against apartheid in South Africa to revealing to the world his struggle with AIDS, Ashe never backed away from a difficult issue, even though doing so would have been easier. Winners of the Ashe Award strive to carry on Ashe's legacy in their own lives - - inspired by those who do so each day.