Late ESPN anchor Stuart Scott will be honored posthumously for his humanitarian efforts throughout his career and life.
According to Look to the Stars, the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) named Stuart the recipient of the 2015 Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award.
The anchor will be honored at the NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast, set to take place at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, May 7, 2015.
Stuart passed away on January 4, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. He is known well for his 21-year run with ESPN, becoming a well known personality on SportsCenter and covering huge sport events like the NBA Finals, Super Bowl, World Series, etc. He interviewed not only high-profile athletes, but also celebrities, newsmakers, and politicians, even Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
In addition to his career work, Stuart was very big on giving back. He was a huge supporter of the V Foundation for Cancer Research, LIVESTRONG, and Stand Up To Cancer, as well as other charities and initiatives.
“NAMIC is honored to pay tribute to Stuart Scott, one of our industry’s great leaders that fostered humanism and diversity in sportscasting and in his courageous fight against cancer,” said Eglon E. Simons, president and CEO of NAMIC. “As NAMIC celebrates its 35th anniversary, it is a privilege to have the opportunity to continue our tradition of honoring Congressman Leland’s legacy by posthumously recognizing such a worthy honoree. On behalf of the entire NAMIC team, heartfelt thanks and appreciation is extended to ESPN and Mr. Scott’s family for allowing us to honor Stuart’s legacy.”
“We appreciate NAMIC recognizing our wonderful friend and colleague in such a meaningful way. Stuart Scott’s inspirational spirit is a major part of his legacy and this honor helps capture his remarkable impact,” said John Skipper, ESPN president and co-chairman, Disney Media Networks.
This award is very well deserved, even posthumously. May Stuart’s legacy and work live on.
For more information regarding the Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award or other NAMIC programs and initiatives, click here.
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