Entertainment Sports Boxer Kim Clavel Accepts Pat Tillman Award at the ESPYs: 'I Was Born' to Help People Said Kim Clavel, "My need to help is bigger than my scared." By Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble is a Senior Digital News Editor and the Sports Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She's worked at PEOPLE for over seven years as a writer, reporter and editor across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Super Bowl to the Met Gala. She's been nominated for the ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30, and previously wrote for Us Weekly while on staff at Wenner Media. People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 21, 2020 09:40 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Kim Clavel/ Instagram Boxing champion Kim Clavel is honored to now be among the many illustrious athletes to have won the Pat Tillman Award for Service. Clavel, 29, was given the ESPY Award after she decided to leave boxing and return to work as a nurse in March amid the coronavirus pandemic. Actress Halle Berry introduced Clavel, explaining, "Kim is a fighter by trade, and all this pandemic did was offer her a new opponent." Of caring for people, Clavel said during a video biography that aired on Sunday, "I was born to do it." "I worked in the COVID zone," she explained of working in elder care facilities in Montreal during the pandemic. "It's really hard, when everything gets dark, they think about their life ... I sing, I talk with them and maybe make them smile. To see these people die alone, without their family — for me it's not humanity. They need humanity." Said Clavel, "My need to help is bigger than my scared." Russell Wilson Opens Up About the Significance of Hosting the 2020 ESPYs on Father's Day "It is an honor to receive the Pat Tillman Award on behalf of all the health care workers battling COVID-19 on the frontlines," Clavel told ESPN ahead of her acceptance speech. "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." All the 2020 ESPY Winners That Have Been Announced, Including Kevin Love and Boxer Kim Clavel The Pat Tillman Award is named after the former Arizona Cardinals star who left the NFL to serve in the military in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He was killed in Afghanistan in 2004. The ESPY Awards — hosted by Seattle Seahawks star Russell Wilson, USWNT captain Megan Rapinoe and WNBA player Sue Bird — are being held remotely on Sunday, June 21.