Chris Nikic, the primary particular person with Down syndrome to finish an Ironman triathlon, can be honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at The ESPYS on July 10 (8 p.m. ET/ABC).
The award is given to an individual within the sporting world who has overcome nice obstacles by means of perseverance and dedication.
In November 2020, Nikic, then 21, completed a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike trip and a 26.2-mile marathon run on the Ironman Florida competitors in Panama Metropolis Seaside in 16 hours, 46 minutes and 9 seconds — 14 minutes underneath the 17-hour cutoff time.
All through his coaching and completion of the race, Nikic inspired others to follow in his footsteps: spreading his message to be “1 p.c higher” each single day, in each side of life.
Nikic is also a nominee within the “Best Athlete with a Disability, Men’s Sports” class.
“Wow, what an honor to obtain the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance and to be included with such a tremendous group of individuals,” Nikic stated. “As a Particular Olympics ambassador, I characterize hundreds of thousands of athletes world wide who can now consider that inclusion is actual for all of them. Thanks for me, however extra importantly for the Down syndrome neighborhood and my fellow Particular Olympics athletes.”
In 2007, ladies’s faculty basketball coach Kay Yow turned the primary recipient of the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. Previous recipients embrace Eric LeGrand, Anthony Robles, George Karl, Dick and Rick Hoyt, Stuart Scott, Devon and Leah Nonetheless, Craig Sager, Jarrius Robertson, Jim Kelly, Rob Mendez and Taquarius Wair.
The Jimmy V Award is known as after former NC State males’s basketball coach Jim Valvano, who was recognized with most cancers at age 46 and died a 12 months later.
The ESPYS assist to boost consciousness and funds for the V Basis for Most cancers Analysis, the charity based by ESPN and the late basketball coach Jim Valvano on the first ESPYS in 1993. ESPN has helped elevate almost $134 million for the V Basis over the previous 28 years.