The ESPYS Will Honor Parkland Coaches Who Died Shielding Their Students

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Aaron Feis Memorial

Ariana Gonzalez is overcome with emotion as she visits a cross setup for her good friend, soccer coach Aaron Feis, on the memorial in entrance of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty as lecturers and employees are allowed to return to the college for the primary time because the mass capturing on campus on February 23, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Police arrested 19-year-old former pupil Nikolas Cruz for killing 17 individuals at the highschool. (Photograph by Joe Raedle/Getty Photos)

The ESPYs are breaking custom for this yr’s Finest Coach Award, awarding it posthumously to a few Florida highschool coaches who died shielding their college students from gunfire.

Members of the family of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty heroes Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel, and Chris Hixon will obtain the consideration in the course of the award present on July 18 in Los Angeles, the ESPN community introduced Wednesday.

Students described Feis as somebody who recommended these with no father determine and took troubled children underneath his wing. He was all the time there for the scholars, they mentioned, whether or not it was chatting in his golf cart or serving to them repair their automobiles. Nobody was stunned after they discovered Feis died shielding college students.

The faculty’s athletic director, 49-year-old Chris Hixon, wasn’t shy about leaping in wherever he was wanted, whether or not it was filling in as volleyball coach or wrestling coach. When the college wanted somebody to patrol the campus and monitor threats as a safety specialist, Hixon, a married father of two, did that, too. He died operating towards the gunfire to assist fleeing college students.

Geography trainer and cross-country coach Scott Beigel, 35, helped college students enter a locked classroom to keep away from the gunman, and paid for the courageous act together with his life. A number of surviving college students mentioned they do not assume they might be alive with out Beigel’s assist.

The award has beforehand gone to coaches who guided their groups to extraordinary efficiency — not for heroism off the sphere.

Earlier recipients embrace Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson and New England Patriots coach Invoice Belichick. The award has often gone to coaches {of professional} groups, although the 2017 recipient was coach Bob Hurley of St. Anthony Excessive Faculty in New Jersey.

ESPN’s Vice President Alison Overholt known as the Florida males heroes, saying they’re being honored for “their immeasurable bravery within the face of hazard and for his or her final sacrifice to guard the lives of numerous college students.”

The award present hosted by Danica Patrick will air stay on ABC on July 18.

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