Eric LeGrand to recieve Warrior Award from WWE - Blog - Reeve Foundation

Eric LeGrand, a former standout for the Rutgers University football team and Founder of Team LeGrand of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, has been named the recipient of the third annual Warrior Award. The award will be presented at the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, March 31 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida in a ceremony that will be broadcast live on WWE Network. USA Network will also broadcast a one-hour special highlighting the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April 7 at 10 pm ET/PT, immediately following SmackDown® Live.

Named after WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior®, The Warrior Award is presented to an individual who has exhibited unwavering strength and perseverance, and who lives life with the courage and compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of The Ultimate Warrior®. The award will be presented to Eric by Dana Warrior, widow of The Ultimate Warrior®.

“It is an absolute honor to be named the 2017 Warrior Award recipient,” said Eric LeGrand. “I’m truly grateful for WWE’s support of my personal journey and I am proud to continue to be an example of strength for people everywhere.”

“Eric LeGrand has shown incredible perseverance throughout his recovery,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer. “From the work he does helping others with spinal cord injuries to his motivational speaking, he is the perfect choice for this prestigious award.”

“I am honored to present this year’s Warrior Award to Eric LeGrand at the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,” said Dana Warrior. “Eric truly embodies the Warrior spirit with his determination and positive outlook.”

Last year, the Warrior Award was presented to Joan Lunden, an award-winning journalist, best-selling author, and breast cancer survivor. In 2015, the award was presented for the first time to Connor Michalek, a Pittsburgh native and passionate WWE fan who passed away from cancer. In his honor, Connor’s Cure was created as a fund to support pediatric brain and spinal cord cancer research. To date, Connor’s Cure has raised $1 million and assisted more than 100 families around the world.

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