In December, tragedy struck Knoxville when a local high school football players was killed protecting others during a shooting at his home.
Zaevion Dobson was hailed a hero as he used himself to shield at least three others. He was the only one hit as he successfully protected others from the random violence that visited his home. He died as a result of his injuries. He was 15 years old.
The response though and recognition of his simple act of heroism continues.
ESPN will recognize Dobson with its Arthur Ashe Courage Award at next month’s ESPY Awards.
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Dobson’s mother, Zenobia Dobson, will accept the award on his behalf and his family is expected to attend the ceremonies in Los Angeles.
“I’m just so honored to be his mother,” Zenobia Dobson told the Associated Press. “I will always love him in my heart, but since his passing, I love him even more. I draw closer to him every day. I visit him at the cemetery every day, and I just talk to him every day, every single day. Even when I wake up in the morning, his picture is right there on my dresser and I can look at him. Even if my eyes are closed, I still say, ‘Good morning, Zaevion,’ or ‘Good night, Zaevion,’ ‘I love you, Zaevion,’ ‘I miss you, Zaevion.'”
The local school, Tennessee, honored Dobson too. The Volunteers gave the family a No. 24 Tennessee jersey with “Dobson” on the back autographed by the players on the team as a tribute to his heroism and appreciation for what he added to their community.