Boxer And Nurse Kim Clavel To Receive The Pat Tillman Award
A few months ago, Kim Clavel wanted to help make a difference in the world. She knew she couldn’t do so sitting on the sidelines, so she returned to her roots. As a result, she is being honored for her efforts at The ESPYS.
ESPN was the first to report that Clavel (11-0) will receive the Pat Tillman Award for Service on June 21.
“It is an honor to receive the Pat Tillman Award on behalf of all the health care workers battling COVID-19 on the frontlines,” said Clavel to ESPN. “Just as Pat put his NFL career on hold to serve his country, I felt the same duty to serve my community. Although recently I have pursued my dream of boxing, helping people is my passion and I’m proud to be able to make a difference.”
Becoming a professional boxer in 2017, Clavel is the WBC-NABF Light-Flyweight Champion. She won the title back in December, beating Esmeralda Gaona Sagahon. Clavel was supposed to face Esmeralda Moreno for the title in March but the coronavirus postponed the bout. The 29-year-old has two wins via knockout and nine via decision.
Due to boxing being on hold, Clavel decided to return to nursing, working at the Rosemont Paul Gouin facility in Quebec to help the elderly during the pandemic. She previously stated a lot of the people she treated were scared and her job was to make sure they weren’t alone during this troubling time.
Clavel will be honored with the award named after former Arizona Cardinal Pat Tillman, who left his football career behind to serve in the military following the events of September 11, 2001. A member of the 75th Ranger Regiment, Tillman was killed in April 2004 as a result of friendly fire while in Afghanistan. The award has been around since 2014.
“Choosing to return to the front lines of health care amid an unprecedented global pandemic, Kim personifies the spirit of service, duty and selflessness that Pat embodied,” said Marie Tillman, board chair and co-founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation. “In spite of the dangers from COVID and delays to her budding boxing career, Kim chose to focus her energy on those most in need. In Pat’s name, we are honored to present the Tillman Award to Kim for her service and leadership in her healthcare work and throughout this crisis.”