2012 U.S. Paralympic Team hopeful to receive 2009 ARETE Award

Nov. 10, 2009, 6 p.m. (ET)

Chicago, IL  - On Sunday, November 15, "The 2009 ARETE Honors for Courage in Sports" presented by the United States Marine Corps will air on CBS Sports. This 20-year-old program created and produced by Chicago-based Intersport, will honor athletes who have overcome challenges and adversity to succeed in sports. James Brown, of CBS Sports and "THE NFL TODAY," will host the program.

The ARETE selection committee chose this year's recipients from thousands of individual athletes, sports teams and organizations around the world.  From those nominations, five honorees were chosen: Brandon Crawford, Brittney Bergeron Himel, Matt Long, Zac Sunderland and members of the Iranian National Soccer Team. After serving four years in the Marines, Crawford is now a 33-year-old Ball State University Defensive End. Although left paralyzed, Himel survived a brutal attack that killed her sister, but now is a Paralympic hopeful. Long, a New York City Fire Fighter was hit by a bus and only four years after his accident, completed the New York City Marathon and the Lake Placid Ironman. Sunderland is the first person under 18 to sail around the world alone. By wearing green colored tape to a national soccer match, four members of the Iranian National Soccer Team supported a free Iran.

"The ARETE Honors stands as a testament to what is right in the world of sports," said show producer and Intersport Vice President of Production Larry Holm.  "By bringing together the most uplifting stories, the 'ARETE Honors' has become the most inspirational hour in sports television."

Lance Armstrong, Muhammad Ali and Tiger Woods are only a few of the other world-class athletes who have been honored as part of "The ARETE Honors for Courage in Sports," which will air on Sunday, November 15 on CBS Sports (check your local listings for time.)