In 1993, two weeks before his passing, Jimmy Valvano delivered one of, if not the best inspirational speeches ever. Jimmy was accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. He words and passion touched so many people, he inspired the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. At the 2014 ESPYs, that award was giving to ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott. I never thought I would hear a speech that would touch me as deeply as Jimmy V's two decades ago. Stuart Scott did just that, eloquently, gracefully, beautifully.
This is the piece they ran before bring Stuart on stage:
This is Stuart's speech:
- My first job was as a "Soda Jerk" at Cone Corners in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. (Cheesy, huh?)
- Every spring, I participate in the World's Largest Trivia Contest in my hometown of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Out of about 500 teams and 10-12,000 players, we usually finish in the top 100!!! It's 54 straight hours of useless information and I love it. See? I'm not wired right. Just for the record, my team placed 73rd this year. :)
- I am a proud doggie mommy of "Spooner." She's a rescue who was an abused puppy mill mom. I am amazed at the FANTASTIC rescues and shelters we have in West Michigan. If you think you want to add to your family, the joy of a shelter pet in unparalleled!
- I was the lead singer in a cover band and I miss it.