ESPN gives Robin Roberts an ESPY award for courage

This image released by ABC shows anchor Robin Roberts during a broadcast of "Good Morning America," Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 in New York. Roberts returned to the popular morning program after undergoing a bone marrow transplant five months ago. (AP Photo/ABC, Heidi Gutman)

March 26, 2013 10:04:21 AM PDT
ESPN is staying in the family in giving its Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Robin Roberts at its annual ESPY awards this summer.

The "Good Morning America" anchor is being saluted for how she kept viewers involved in her treatments for two serious illnesses. She had breast cancer in 2007 and last year had to undergo a bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disorder. Roberts returned to "Good Morning America" last month.

Roberts came to sister company ABC from ESPN, where she was the network's first black female sportscaster.

Most past awards recipients have sports connections, like former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt last year. But the ESPYs have also honored Nelson Mandela and the four men who tried to stop one of the Sept. 11 hijackings.

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