Holly Rowe is on-the-go 12 months a year covering a plethora of sports for ESPN. One of Rowe’s busiest – and her personal favorite – times of the year is #MAYhem, the month-long duty of covering college softball’s conference tournaments followed by the NCAA Division I Softball Championship which concludes in Oklahoma City with the Women’s College World Series.
This year, however, as she battles cancer, Rowe is following from afar for college softball’s final month, but remains an integral part of ESPN’s industry-leading coverage.
“I am very grateful to coordinating producer Meg Aronowitz for putting a system in place that allows me to be a part of the team even though I am home going through cancer treatment,” said Rowe from Los Angeles.
In addition to participating in coaches’ conference calls and production meetings, Rowe has narrated two-to-three-minute softball features which have been used previously in game telecasts. Now, with the sport’s pinnacle event on the horizon, Aronowitz – along with content associate Mary Chaudoin, pre-editor Chase Thompson and associate producer David Dobson – has packaged the Rowe-narrated features into a 30-minute special, College Softball Featured, airing throughout the month on ESPNU.
“Over the past few months, I would get up in the morning and work on a feature; sending scripts and photos,” Rowe said. “Once finalized, I have a high-quality microphone that plugs into my IPad so I can voice the features sitting in my kitchen.
– Holly Rowe
“I do this in the morning before I go get my chemo treatment,” she said. “It has lifted my spirits so much and kept me going, pushing toward something I love — telling stories!”
The ESPNU presentation includes a look at the Florida Gators’ budding dynasty with their back-to-back national championships, the geographic shift in the sport and the Romero sisters of Michigan and Oklahoma.
“We have wanted to tell the stories behind the game of softball for years and this gives us another outlet to continue what we started at espnW.com,” Rowe said. “I hope people will enjoy watching our show and learning more about the wonderful athletes and coaches as they push toward the Women’s College World Series.”
While viewers will surely love – and learn from – the stories, the passion project has served as an elixir for the narrator.
“It has lifted my spirits so much and kept me going,” said Rowe.
Tune in tonight at 5 p.m. ET for College Softball Featured on ESPNU – for all scheduled airings visit here.
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