Robin Roberts Feted At The Arthur Ashe Institute For Urban Health Sports Ball
An urban public health institute founded by tennis legend turned advocate Arthur Ashe honored Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts for her work to prevent cancer and other illnesses.
The veteran sportscaster, journalist and author was presented with the Sports Ball Leadership award Oct. 19 at the 22nd annual Sports Ball in New York City.
Although Roberts couldn’t attend the event in person because she was covering Wednesday night’s debate for ABC, the modest Roberts said in a statement that she was grateful for the work of the Arthur Ashe Institute, which leads health education programs, research and pathways to careers in medicine.
“Thank you for the work that you do to make a true difference in countless lives,” Roberts said.
Ashe founded the institute just three months before he died of complications from HIV/AIDS in order to encourage more people in underserved urban areas to get preventative medical checkups.
Following a successful battle against breast cancer, Roberts was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome – one known as pre-leukemia. She shared her story and fight with the world, and spoke out about the need for bone marrow donors.
“Through Robin’s personal efforts, 100,000 people have joined that registry,” foundation vice chairperson Seth G. Abraham said. “Robin lives Arthur’s credo.”
The event also honored HIV/AIDS advocate Patrick McGovern, Richard Levychin, managing partner at KBL, LLP, disability rights champion Loreen Arbus, Dr. James E. Cottrell of SUNY Downstate Medical Center and former NFL player turned NBC sports analyst Howard Cross.
BOSSIP spotted other notable attendees like “Love & Hip Hop New York’s” Tara Wallace, actress Sidra Smith, “America’s Psychologist” Dr. Jeff Gardere and Miss Jessie’s founder Miko Branch.