Thursday, July 17, 2014

Guard the Post: The real star of the night

On Wednesday July 16th, 2014, all of the biggest stars hit the red carpet in Los Angeles for the 2014 ESPY Awards. Kevin Durant, Floyd 'Money' Mayweather, the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs, Maria Sharapova, just to name a few. Some of these people are the biggest, most wealthy, and most talented human beings on the planet, but few were shining brighter than Stuart Scott.

In 1993, a vibrant young reporter started  a career with the blooming ESPN conglomerate. Sport reporting and coverage was just becoming a part of the norm and analytical reporting from knowledgeable reporters was exactly what was needed. Scott came to ESPN2 from Orlando where he worked as a sport reporter and anchor from 1990-1993.
As a young sport fan, I would begin every day with SportsCenter. SportsCenter was how I kept up with all of the west coast games and any games that went into extra innings or overtime that ended after my bedtime. There are a few anchors that had personality, effervescence, and ability comparable to Stuart Scott.
When Stuart Scott was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, he took a punch. Seven years later, Scott is punching back (as seen above). Last night, Scott was awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs.
Sport shows every day that it can be a cure for pain and suffering. The joy that you have in your teams successes and the passion you feel for the stars you love to watch can distract you from anything going wrong in your life. Above you can see a special about Stuart Scott and the joy he feels coming to work everyday and watching his daughters grow up, including through sport.
Finally, below is a few minutes of Stuart Scott's incredible acceptance speech. The sport world is lucky to have people like Stuart Scott on the front line of the media and we hope he continues to fight and report the sporting news with the liveliness we have come to expect.

Kevin Murray is a Junior Sport Management major at Drexel University, originally from Havertown, PA. In the past, Kevin has worked for Drexel Sport Management doing research on Title IX and collegiate sport, as well as for Drexel Athletics in multiple roles culminating in his first co-op in the External Relations department, where he still works part-time. Along with his duties as a Resident Assistant on campus and as the Vice President of Drexel SMTSU, Kevin is currently on co-op with the Drexel University Office of Institutional Advancement as a Student Liaison for their Alumni Discovery Initiative.  You can follow Kevin on Twitter @kevinj_murrayConnect with Kevin on LinkedIn. 

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