CCX News Reporter Honored with Wilma Rudolph Courage Award
The Minnesota Coalition of Women in Athletic Leadership honored Sonya Goins with a Wilma Rudolph Award Wednesday, which was National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
A press release said Goins was selected because “she’s an inspiration to many because she is tackling the sport while also tackling not one but two life-threatening diseases.”
Goins has shared her journey battling Crohn’s Disease and breast cancer while she runs half-marathons and 10-mile races. She uses the slogan Sonya Strong “to remind herself that she runs because she can, and she keeps running because she is in charge of her life–not the disease.” Goins has participated in several races while being fed via IV nutrition.
“It’s an honor to be the recipient of the Wilma Rudolph Award because she’s one of my heroes,” said Goins in an acceptance speech that was streamed live. “Her legacy has inspired me as I’ve battled Crohn’s disease and now breast cancer. Like Rudolph, I refuse to let my physical challenges keep me from running my race.”
Goins plans to run again in 2022.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day is celebrated in all 50 states with events, award ceremonies and more to honor the achievements of women in sports. Since 1986, the day has a day to recognize the importance of sports and fitness participation for all girls and women.
Learn more about the all-volunteer Minnesota Coalition of Women in Athletic Leadership here.