In the months following his death, Zaevion Dobson has been called a hero by many for the courage he displayed in shielding two girls from gunfire.
On Wednesday evening, the world will again hear the story of the former Fulton High School (Tenn.) football player during the broadcast of the ESPYS on ESPN.
Dobson, who was 15 at the time of his shooting death in December of 2015, will be the recepient Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS on Wednesday evening.
According to a report from ABC News, his mother, Zenobia Dobson, will receive the award on his behalf.
“I’m just so honored to be his mother,” she told The Associated Press, according to ABC. “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.'”
Dobson shielded two girls from gunfire, saving their lives at the expense of his own. Dobson was not believed to be the target of the gun violence, which was believed to be gang related.
His actions drew the attention of the President, who tweeted about his heroics in December:
Zaevion Dobson died saving three friends from getting shot. He was a hero at 15. What's our excuse for not acting? https://t.co/hn98uGsjKZ
— President Obama (@POTUS) December 20, 2015
“Zaevion’s actions to risk his own life for others demonstrate the true meaning of the word ‘courage,’ and his boundless bravery has inspired many. We are proud to honor him with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year’s ESPYs,” said Maura Mandt, the award show’s executive producer, according to ABC. “By celebrating Zaevion’s legacy, we hope to bring more attention to this serious issue and continued focus on the tragic loss of lives to gun violence.”