Colin Curtis To Receive Gene Autry Courage Award

March 19, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - Colin Curtis, a junior outfielder on Arizona State University's baseball team, will receive the Gene Autry Courage Award at the 13th Annual Gene Autry Awards Dinner on March 20th at the Wyndham Buttes Resort in Tempe. The event is sponsored by the Tempe Sports Authority and Angels Baseball.

The awards, named after the legendary actor, cowboy Gene Autry, are presented to men and women who have overcome obstacles as amateur and professional athletes. Curtis is one of four honorees this year. The other award winners are Kristina Espinoza, a 17 year-old swimmer from Tucson who suffers from linear morphea, Ronan Tynan, a paralympic athlete, and Jim McLaren, a triathlete who had his left leg amputated and is also a quadriplegic.

Curtis was diagnosed with testicular cancer as a freshman at Issaquah High School in Issaquah, Washington. Inspired by Lance Armstrong, Curtis has continued his baseball career, being named to the 2005 All-College World Series team, and earning Preseason All-America honors from Baseball America this season.

'Colin is a tremendous competitor and a great person, and this is a wonderful honor for him,' said Head Coach Pat Murphy. 'He has come through everything with a smile on his face, and he has been a wonderful representative of Arizona State University.'

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Manager Mike Scioscia will present Curtis with his award. Arizona Diamondbacks announcer Thom Brennaman will MC the event, which begins at 6:00 PM. For more information, or to purchase tickets to the event, please call 480-940-8666.

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