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Holly Rowe supports subject of “Front Rowe” feature during Down Syndrome event

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David Saville with ESPN’s Holly Rowe and Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen.
(Photos courtesy of Holly Rowe)

Holly Rowe loves to tell stories, and as a sideline reporter for ESPN she is afforded that opportunity consistently throughout the year. Rowe – a fixture on ESPN’s college football, basketball, softball, as well as WNBA and NBA telecasts – also tells stories through her video feature series for espnW entitled “Front Rowe.”

One story has made an impact on both the storyteller, Rowe, and the story subject, David Saville. Back in September, Rowe gave an inside look at Clemson football managers Saville and Brad Hammond, who both have Down Syndrome, and the inspiration they bring to the team.

The “Front Rowe” feature showing David’s work as Clemson football manager prompted an invitation for him to speak at the National Down Syndrome Congress. His presentation “Included For A Purpose” was given to a group of nearly 1,000 attendees Saturday in Indianapolis. Rowe was on-hand to introduce Saville prior to his speech and to provide additional support to Saville – who nailed his speech and received a standing ovation.

“We can share through ESPN storytelling opportunity and awareness that has been brought to young people with Down syndrome living full, independent lives,” said Rowe. “David Saville is a great example to others like him that a college experience is possible for those with Down Syndrome. He inspired other parents and kids at convention to try new things and see what is possible.”

Saturday at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, sideline reporter Rowe will join play-by-play commentator Ryan Ruocco and analyst Rebecca Lobo for the Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game 2014 (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

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