Marcus Rashford will be getting the Pat Tillman Award during the 2021 ESPYS
New York- New England International Striker Marcus Rashford will be receiving the Pat Tillman Award during the 2021 ESPYS.
The Pat Tillman Award is an award that emphasis being a leader in your community outside of your profession in sports. Rashford has helped his community out by helping out the homeless and improving their situation, as well as bringing more awareness to child hunger.
Throughout Rashford's career, he talked about his experience with food poverty and having to live off of free school lunches, as well as people that wanted to help him out. Outside of sports, Rashford made a pact to himself that he was going to do whatever he could to help out his community and not just talk about improving his community. He has made the TIME’s Top 100 List for his advocacy work on homelessness and child hunger.
Rashford was very thankful and humble about receiving the award and had this to say about it.
"An athlete is the least we can be. Sport can be the biggest driver of positive change, with its ability to truly unite. If I have achieved anything over the last year I would hope that it would be to demonstrate to my peers what is possible when we are driven by a passion and determination for better. Better not for ourselves, but for those whose voices are very rarely heard. We have a platform to speak on behalf of millions. When we wake up in the morning, we decide what we want to do with that platform. The reward of helping just one will always outweigh the risk of any negativity or criticism thrown my way. I'm honored to be this year's recipient of the Pat Tillman Award. A huge thank you to all involved."