SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott courageously battled cancer and inspired a nation while doing so, but sadly he passed away a year ago on Monday (Jan. 4). In his honor and to remember their late father, his two daughters, Tae and Syd, wrote a "Dear Dad" letter.
Growing up we thought all Dads worked "inside the television." This last year, we realized the full impact you've had on the world, and how important you were to so many. A whirlwind year of appearances and accepting awards on your behalf, Lifetime Achievement Awards, Hall of Fame Inductions, your book launch and even a visit to the White House — has given us great insight into the mark you left during your lifetime. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to meet many people whom you profoundly impacted, share our grief and our memories while giving back on your behalf and continuing the legacy you started in raising cancer awareness.
You lived your life with a fierce sense of authenticity, passion and competitiveness, giving it your all and reaching for the best in everything you did. When you were diagnosed with cancer, you showed the world how to fight with that same fierce passion, instilling a sense of hope and inspiration to so many. And in the end you taught us all how to win – live or die – by how you live, why you live and the manner in which you live.
From you Dad, we've learned to reach for the fight we possess inside and apply it with passion to our lives. It was through your vulnerability, that you taught us the real value of strength in never giving up.
Love, Tae & Syd
Scott inspired and made a lot of people's days. Yet, he was a family man first and that showed when he accepted his ESPY in 2014 when he gingerly walked up to the stage with his oldest daughter in attendance. His acceptance speech continued to inspire society and is played, like Jimmy V's own speech, during Jimmy V Week and the ESPY's.
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Not only did Scott's daughters write a letter to their late father on Dear World, but a video that accompanies the letter is sure to make you cry.
The nation was shocked by Scott's death a year ago today, but he lived life to the fullest and kicked cancer's ass along the way. It will surely be a somber day on the campuses of ESPN and in the Scott household.