January 4th woke up to break a terrible news to the world, the passing of Stuart Scott, ESPN Sportscaster and Anchorman at the age of 49, victim of years’ battle with cancer. And now when we in West Palm Beach are getting ready to participate in the South Florida Komen Race for the Cure, January 31st, 2015, the death of Stuart Scott strikes us hard.
Now, remembering Stuart Scott, ESPN Sportscaster, the first thing that comes to mind is the man whom an entire generation of sports fans lived admiring and reveling in a unique way that compelled a variety of trademarks catchphrases, intensity in the way to comment and deliver the news, and the strength he found to continue anchoring in spite of the recurring disease he was battling against.
ESPN President John Skipper praised Scott for “energetic and unwavering devotion to his family and to his work” but also for being the man who changed ESPN since the very first time he joined the network and for his outstanding service through 20 years. “ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott,” said ESPN president John Skipper in statement.
But the moment most folks will ever remember will be the night Stuart Scott accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award onstage during the 2014 ESPYS at the Nokia Theatre, on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles.
During his ESPYs speech, Scott explained how he approached his fight against cancer. “I said, I’m not losing. I’m still here. I’m fighting. I’m not losing,” he said. “But I’ve got to amend that. When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live. So live. Live. Fight like hell.”
As a sports journalist, Scott also wrote pieces for ESPN The Magazine and interviewed subjects as diverse as Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Stuart Scott‘s contributions to the sports lexicon are writ large as was the flair in the way he interviewed athletes during his life.
Moments like this one inspire us to unite in the fight against cancer and never stop rallying on behalf of millions of patients and their families.
By Pedro Penalver
WPB Magazine Editor
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