Stuart Scott, a UNC graduate and one of the faces of ESPN, was presented with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYS on Wednesday and gave an incredible speech about his battle with cancer.
Scott, 48, was first diagnosed with cancer in November of 2007. His tireless battle against the disease and positive attitude were honored on Wednesday.
The award, named for “Jimmy V” Valvano, former North Carolina State basketball coach, is given each year at the ESPYs. Valvano died of adenocarcinoma at 47 in 1993, the same year Scott joined ESPN.
During his speech, Scott described his recent hospitalization and spoke about his battle with cancer.
Scott spoke about his daughters and spoke in detail about four surgeries over the past week.
“When you die, it doesn’t mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner which you live. So live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight, then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. That’s also very, very important.” – Stuart Scott
Scott ended his speech by saying, “Have a great rest of your night and have a great rest of your life.”
Scott graduated from UNC in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in speech communications and radio, television and motion pictures.