Olympian Aly Raisman Featured on Cover of ESPN The Magazine’s Heroes Issue—Focused on Athletes Making Change in the World—on Newsstands Friday

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Olympian Aly Raisman Featured on Cover of ESPN The Magazine’s Heroes Issue—Focused on Athletes Making Change in the World—on Newsstands Friday

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Athletes are increasingly stepping into the spotlight to take on causes and use their names to highlight important issues. Olympic hero Aly Raisman added her voice to those testifying against the abusive former USA Gymnastics team doctor, and the country took notice. Her moving testimony was a statement of power reclaimed, and senior writer Mina Kimes talks to Raisman about her feeling of responsibility to speak for those who aren’t heard. ESPN The Magazine also features powerful portraits of “sister survivors” who came forward in “If Not for Them.” Raisman and many of the sister survivors  who spoke out against Nassar’s abuse will represent all of the survivors who are being honored with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at The 2018 ESPYS live this evening at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Heroes come in many shapes and sizes. The “Year of Living Heroically” timeline showcases the good work of athletes in the past year, including Kevin Durant, J.J. Watt, Tim Tebow, Lindsey Vonn and the women of the U.S. national hockey team, among others. For a further look at true heroism, senior writer Seth Wickersham’s “A Light in Darkness” explores why the rescue of the soccer team trapped in a cave in Thailand captured the world’s attention with acts so daring they defied comprehension.

This week at The 2018 ESPYS, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School coach Scott Beigel will be among the three coaches posthumously honored with the Best Coach Award. In “He Saved So Many Lives,” senior writer Steve Wulf notes that Beigel wasn’t a hero because he gave his life opening the door that day, he was a hero because he opened doors every day.

Additionally, senior writer Wright Thompson’s feature “Where Have You Gone, Dale Murphy?” asks the question: Should a man who never juiced be rewarded for the home runs he never hit?

Also in this issue:

Danica’s Next Race: The now-retired race car driver talks to senior writer Allison Glock about hosting The 2018 ESPYS, spiritual growth and meeting the Dalai Lama.

The Truth: Howard Bryant’s Kingdom of One column explores Mike Trout’s generational talent and asks what’s keeping him from being the transcendent force that the game so badly needs.

FORWARD: Dead Man Walking – Boxing trainer Ramon Sosa was marked for death by his wife. This collaboration with Outside the Lines tells the story of how he survived thanks to a surprising savior.

Hang Time With Sam Alipour: Fear and Floating in the Caribbean – Alipour went shark diving (shark diving!) with Rob Gronkowski (Gronk!) in the Bahamas (the Bahamas!)! What could possibly go wrong?!?

TINY ORAL HISTORY: Freeze Fall – In one dizzying flash across the Atlanta warning track, The Freeze went viral last June when the Braves’ costumed contest crusader ran down a poor fan who celebrated just a bit too early.

The Unwritten Rules of Baseball—Written!  Humorist Steve Etheridge imagines the unwritten rules governing on-field decorum in baseball. Rule No. 1? Never ask an umpire what’s behind his mask.



Jennifer Cingari Christie

Based in New York City, Jennifer Cingari Christie is a Communications Manager for ESPN Films and Original Content. Her projects include the critically-acclaimed 30 for 30 documentary series, ESPN The Magazine and The ESPYS, among others.
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