The 2014 ESPY Awards on July 16, had a very poignant moment when Stuart took the stage and gave a heartfelt speech about his battle with cancer. His words left the audience in tears and he even received a standing ovation.
The ESPYs was not only for athletes but those who support them every single day. SportsCenter anchor, Stuart Scott, has been with ESPN since 1993 and he has hosted multiple hit sports shows over the years. Through it all, he has also battled cancer. But one might have never known he was just in the hospital for seven days, because he’s always managed to balance his demanding job as well.
Stuart Scott Awarded The 2014 Jimmy V Perseverance Award
Stuart was recognized towards the end of the show for his efforts in sports journalism. He was presented the Jimmy V Perseverance Award by Kiefer Sutherland, and the moment incredibly emotional. In that moment, it wasn’t about who won the game, it was about applauding people for a job well done.
ESPN’s president John Skipper said this in a statement when it was revealed Stuart would get this year’s award:
Stuart’s story is truly one of perseverance as he consistently displays strength, resilience and even humor while combating this terrible disease. Given how much Stuart has actively supported The V Foundation through the years from within ESPN, it is an honor to now present him with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award to celebrate the inspiration he provides to so many around him.
When Stuart was presented his award, a short video showed the world just how difficult life has been for Stuart for the past seven years. Viewers saw him in the hospital undergoing treatment and it was incredibly sad. At one point, the cameras panned over to GMA anchor, Robin Roberts, who was was crying in the audience. She too, battled cancer.
Stuart was diagnosed with appendiceal cancer in 2007 and then it came back two years later. Currently, he is still undergoing treatment.
During Stuart’s speech, he talked about living life to the fullest while you’re alive. He also said that it’s about leaning on others for help and not just fighting the battle alone. Stuart even brought his youngest daughter on stage to give her a hug, it was incredibly moving.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Stuart’s speech?
— Chloe Melas