There were plenty of buzzworthy highlights from the ESPYs last night, including Drake doing Drake things, but the most beautiful moment had to be ESPN anchor Stuart Scott being awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance Award.
The award was named after late college basketball coach Jim Valvano, who was battling cancer when he gave his now legendary speech at the 1993 ESPYs. Valvano passed away two months later.
Scott, you might have heard, is also battling cancer. And in the speech, he revealed that he had undergone four surgeries in the past ten days due to complications with the disease.
The 48-year-old Scott had said last year, when news of his disease broke, that he wasn't losing, that he was still fighting.
"I've got to amend that," Scott said onstage. "When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, while you live and the manner in which you live."
And then his youngest daughter, Sydni, walked on stage and hugged her father.
This moment should be immediately inducted into the sports speech Hall of Fame.
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