Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is an NBA all-star and was key member of the Cavs curse-ending 2016 championship team. Despite all of his on-court accomplishments, his biggest lasting impact may be off the court. Love, publicly acknowledged his on-going battles with mental demons and depression and has become an advocate for mental health. Love's admission and subsequent work with his Kevin Love Fund, which raises money for programs that prioritize mental wellness, earned Love the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPN's virtual ESPY awards Sunday.
"Humbled does not even begin to describe the feeling," Love said in his acceptance speech Sunday night. "I accept this award as both an honor and a challenge. A challenge to not only continue on my path, but to push beyond it, and to stay vocal, even when silence feels safer."
Love has become a role model for kids and adults battling mental health issues. His moving story was featured on the Sunday night program. You can check it out here, as well as Love's acceptance speech.