An influential figure in sports broadcasting died a year ago today — but a video his daughters filmed to mark the occasion shows he lives on through the lessons he instilled in them.
"It's been one year since Stuart Scott died, and it's still hard to believe he's gone," James Dator wrote for SB Nation. "Scott redefined sports broadcasting for a generation. He made it fun, he tossed away the stuffy starched shirts and gave us an edge. It was amazing."
If a video filmed for Dear World indicated anything, though, it's that the popular ESPN announcer and "SportsCenter" host worked just as hard to help his two daughters reach triumph as he did reporting on victories in the sporting world.
And the clip featuring Scott's kids — Taelor, 20, and Sydni, 16 — opens with him explaining as much, Ree Hines wrote for Today.
"I can't give up because I can't leave my daughters," Scott states in the video, taken from his Jimmy V Award speech at the 2014 ESPY Awards. "The best thing I've ever done, the best thing I will ever do, is be a dad to Taelor and Sydni. I love you guys more than I will ever be able to express. You two are my heart beat. I am standing on this stage here tonight because of you."
Accounts from the Scott daughters throughout exhibit his emphasis on family too.
"The hardest thing is probably being very, very lonely," Sydni says. "He was a father, but he was also a friend during that time, and I feel like I've lost a friend."
The sisters also posted a letter to their father on the Dear World site that can be read here.
In it, they explain values passed on by Scott.
"From you, Dad, we've learned to reach for the fight we possess inside and apply it with passion to our lives," Taelor and Sydni wrote in the piece. "It was through your vulnerability, that you taught us the real value of strength in never giving up."