Knoxville teen Zaevion Dobson tonight posthumously receives the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2016 ESPYs, after giving his life while shielding others from gunfire in December.

The Arthur Ashe Courage Award is one of the most prestigious in sports, though it really transcends athletics. ESPN says its recipients should "reflect the spirit of Arthur Ashe, possessing strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost.”

Video: Dobson family on red carpet before ESPY Awards

Some very well-known celebrities have won the award, including Pat Summitt, Robin Roberts, Nelson Mandela, and Muhammed Ali.

Other athletes with Tennessee connections also were being honored Wednesday night, including former Vols Peyton Manning and Eric Berry.

Read more from our sister station in Knoxville -- WBIR.