ESPN announced today that it will name Rachel Dolezal 'Black Athlete of the Year' at this year's upcoming ESPY Awards.
In a statement posted on the network's website, the cable sporting network said the move was intended to "celebrate transracial diversity" in sports.
Dolezal was until recently the head of the NAACP in Spokane, WA, but resigned this week after it emerged she was a white woman pretending to be black.
She has never competed as a professional athlete, but according to one top ESPN executive that shouldn't stop her from winning a major sporting award on national television.
"I've been informed she ran track in high school," says the exeucitve, "That's close enough. Besides, the ratings are going to be huge. So who cares?"