Prince Harry Confirms He Will Accept Pat Tillman Award at ESPYs

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Prince Harry will indeed accept the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the upcoming ESPY Awards, according to Us Weekly. Contrary to some reports suggesting otherwise, the Duke of Sussex, aged 39, is set to be honored on Thursday, July 11.

The award is given to individuals who reflect the late NFL star and U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman’s legacy of service to others through sports.

Tillman tragically lost his life during combat in Afghanistan in 2004.

The choice to honor Harry has stoked controversy, especially among those close to Tillman, including his mother, Mary Tillman. She expressed surprise and disappointment with the decision in a Daily Mail interview, citing more deserving individuals within the veteran community who lack the resources and visibility of Prince Harry.

Nevertheless, ESPN and previous award winners have defended the decision. ESPN underscored their support, highlighting Prince Harry’s military background and his work with The Invictus Games Foundation, which he co-founded to aid injured and sick military personnel and veterans through sports. This foundation is celebrating ten years of its impactful work.

Former award recipients also voiced their support for Harry; 2018 winner Jake Wood labeled him a “natural fit,” while 2017 recipient Israel Del Toro deemed him a “worthy recipient.”

The 2024 ESPYs, with Serena Williams, a close friend of Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, as the host, will broadcast the event on ABC at 8 p.m. ET, Thursday, July 11.

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