By Robbie Couch
Stuart Scott’s legacy went far beyond reporting scores on ESPN — the beloved sports anchor’s generosity will live on in the causes he supported for years to come.
On Sunday, Scott died of cancer after battling the disease on and off for more than 7 years, according to a statement by ESPN. The “SportsCenter” anchor was 49 years old.
Scott played a major role in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the V Foundation and the Livestrong Foundation — two organizations committed to fighting cancer through research and raising awareness — and donated time and efforts toward a variety of other charitable groups, Business Insider reported.
“For almost 20 years, I’ve reported on some amazing feats of athleticism for ESPN,” Scott wrote in a 2013 post on Livestrong’s website encouraging readers to sign up for cycling events in support of the group. “But the one thing that stood out, game after game, is that it takes a team to win. When I got cancer that lesson got personal. And Team Livestrong became my team.”
Scott participated in the ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic in 2013, which raised about $1.15 million for cancer research through the V Foundation. Last July, Scott was awarded the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPYs, where he opened up about his disease.
“When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer,” Scott said while accepting the honor. “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live. So live. Live. Fight like hell.”
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