Oct 3, 2011
[Oct. 3, 2011] CHICAGO – After six weeks of outstanding support and participation nationwide, the America’s Choice Honor for Courage in Sports has been narrowed down to six finalists, Intersport announced today.
The winner, wholly determined by fan voting at www.Facebook.com/CourageInSports, will be announced on “Courage in Sports,” a one-hour CBS special (Nov. 13, 5 pm ET) that recognizes individuals who have overcome monumental challenges to achieve greatness in the world of sports. Finals voting will run for two weeks, from Oct. 3-16.
Finalists for the 2011 America’s Choice Honor include:
- Eric LeGrand – A Rutgers football player that suffered a severe spinal injury making a tackle last October
- Andrew, Paul, Colter & Willy Phillips – Standout athletes that showed incredible resilience and courage during and after their father died in a plane crash last fall
- Arthur Ray Jr. – An offensive tackle from Michigan State that battled four years of cancer before returning to the team his senior season
- The Fennville (Mich.) High School Basketball Team – A group of young men who rallied together amidst the mid-season death of teammate Wes Leonard
- Chris Norton – Luther College football player who broke his neck making a tackle in a game last October
- Kevin Pearce – A professional snowboarder who suffered a traumatic brain injury weeks before the 2010 Winter Olympics.
For more about the competition or to support any of the finalists, visit the Courage in Sports Facebook page. Fans can vote as often as they would like and can share their vote with Facebook friends. Finals voting ends on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Now in its 23rd year, Courage in Sports has honored sports legends, including Hank Aaron, Cal Ripken Jr., Arthur Ashe, Kerri Strug, Walter Payton and Muhammad Ali.