By: Sharon Aron Baron
Three coaches from Marjory Stoneman Douglas are being honored posthumously for their heroism after dying shielding their students from gunfire.
ESPN announced Wednesday that family members of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School heroes Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon will receive an ESPY Award during the show on July 18.
Beigel, 35, was a geography teacher and the school’s cross country coach, Feis, 37, was an assistant coach and security guard and Hixon, 49, was the athletic director and wrestling coach at the Parkland school.
The men are being honored for “their immeasurable bravery in the face of danger and for their ultimate sacrifice to protect the lives of countless students,” said Alison Overholt, vice president and editor in chief of ESPN The Magazine.
The award has previously gone to coaches who have shown extraordinary leadership of their teams — not for heroism off the field.
Previous recipients include Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.