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ESPY award going to WNBA’s Maya Moore

Maya Moore

WNBA star Maya Moore left basketball in 2019 in order to see justice for wrongly imprisoned inmate Jonathan Irons, and her work is now being commended with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at The ESPYS. She and Ashe, whose conviction for burglary and assault ended up being overturned, are now married.

Maya Moore to receive Arthur Ashe Courage Award for criminal justice work

NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Moore will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at The ESPYS for her work on criminal justice reform.

The four-time WNBA champion will receive the honor from “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts on July 10 in New York. It’s the same day that the late tennis champion would have turned 78.

Moore stepped away from her basketball career in 2019 to seek justice for Jonathan Irons, who was serving a 50-year prison sentence after being wrongly convicted of burglary and assault. Irons’ conviction was overturned last year and he was freed. The couple later married.

Moore formed a “Win With Justice” campaign to educate the public on the power of prosecutors and organize for Irons’ freedom.

Moore has won two Olympic gold medals and been the WNBA’s MVP and a three-time MVP at the league’s All-Star Game. She is the subject of the film “Breakaway,” which will debut July 13 on ESPN and re-air Aug. 8 on ABC.

The Ashe Award is given to individuals whose contributions transcend sports. Among the previous honorees are Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King and Pat Summitt.

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