The ESPY Speech Everyone Is Talking About


If you watch ESPN, you most likely know Stuart Scott. The journalist and anchor has become a trusted and acclaimed voice in his two-decade-long career with the sports network. On Wednesday night, Scott once again stood before ESPN cameras — this time, to accept the 2014 Jimmy V Perseverance Award at this year’s ESPY Awards.

The award is named after college basketball coach James “Jimmy V” Valvano, whose 1993 ESPYs speech is hard to forget. Just eight weeks before Valvano, 47, died of cancer, he reminded the world:

To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.

Valvano’s year-long battle with cancer is one Scott, 48, knows well. In 2007, he was diagnosed with the disease. He went into remission after two surgeries and six months of chemotherapy, but the cancer returned two years later.

In a powerful segment, ESPN tells Scott’s story (below) before presenting him the Jimmy V award. The speech he then gives would surely make the late basketball coach proud.

“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer,” Scott says in his speech. “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live.”

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