These two men embody the toughness of spirit and never-give-up attitude. Jim MacLaren has survived two would-be fatal accidents and has risen to every challenge life has put in his path. An All-American football player at Yale University, he was hit by a bus at the age of 22 and lost a leg. He battled back to become a top marathoner and Ironman Triathlete, racing against and beating able-bodied competition. Then, eight years after the first accident, he was struck again during a triathlon, rendering him quadriplegic, but once again, he defied the odds and regained partial use of his limbs. His motivational speaking inspired many, but no one more so than Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah. Emmanuel would go on to single-handedly change the perception of the disabled in his country of Ghana by riding a bicycle across the country.
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.