Stuart Scott: A Man Meant for the Big Stage

imageI spend a lot of time on this blog promoting local – a strong local economy, local businesses, and great local places. Local provides a broader opportunity for more people to participate, incubating talent.  With that said, it’s important to clarify that a vibrant economy exists on multiple levels, with those given a bigger stage having a real opportunity to serve as a unifying force between people and cultures.

Today, Stuart Scott, my favorite ESPN anchor, passed away after a long battle with cancer. I grew up watching Stuart on Sportscenter and for me, his edge, love and passion for his job made him and the show the best in the business. Stuart got his start covering news at the local level, but it was the bigger stage that gave his talent the opportunity to truly blossom. By mainstreaming a hip-hop style into informative news-based programming, he did what few people could, bridging those of us from different places, cultures, and competing sports interests together.

While it was Stuart Scott’s talent that made him famous, it is how he approached adversity – his battle with cancer – that is most revealing of his mettle and character. Watching the below ESPN tribute and his acceptance of the Jimmy V. Perseverance Award, I can’t help but be completely blown away and inspired by his fighting spirit.

 “When you die that does not mean you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and the manner in which you live.”  ~Stuart Scott at the 2014 ESPY Awards

My deepest sympathies to the Scott family. Please know that our family’s prayers are with you.

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