Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ed Thomas Family Recognized with Arthur Ashe ESPY Courage Award

LOS ANGELES – The family of the late Ed Thomas was recognized tonight with the Arthur Ashe ESPY Courage Award; Ed Thomas’ Family was honored following Ed’s work as a beloved Aplington-Parkersburg football coach in a moving tribute narrated by Keifer Sutherland.

“The Thomas family showed us how people can come together under extraordinary circumstances that would normally drive them apart,” said ESPN executive John Skipper in a statement this evening.

In the summer of 2008, Thomas’ town was hit by an EF-5 tornado. Despite the adversity, he used football to keep a community together. The team in a town of only 2000 citizens went to a 11-1 season. But 13 months later, Ed Thomas was murdered by Mark Becker.

ESPN honored Thomas’s Family for their “capacity to forgive”. Aaron Thomas said of his dad tonight “He was led by his faith, his family and finally his football.”

Previous recepients of the award have included Nelson Mandela.

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