It was this week two years ago that the late Stuart Scott received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2014 ESPYS. His speech and the overwhelming response to it only solidified Scott’s place in sports media history.
On the eve of The 2016 ESPYS (ABC, Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET) Front Row introduces you to Syracuse University senior and ESPN production intern Bamidele Idowu, the inaugural Stuart Scott Internship/Scholarship recipient. A native New Yorker, Idowu said when he found out ESPN would have an honor dedicated in Scott’s memory and that it included a production internship at the company, he jumped at the opportunity.
“I got tears in my eyes when producer Galen Gordon called to tell me I would be the inaugural recipient,” he said.
What does receiving this award mean to you?
Stuart Scott is/was the best anchor that ever graced the television screen in my opinion. Everything from his style to how he blended hip-hop culture into his work made him the type of man I want to be. I was able to relate to him, learn from him and now I get to honor him by working here.
What qualities about him do you hope to emulate here at ESPN?
That’s a tough question because as compared to someone who’s done it all, my only wish is to do what I can to the best of my ability every day that I walk onto campus.
What has your favorite experience at ESPN been thus far?
Every day is a new experience that gets me really excited to see what comes next. Everything from being involved with SportsCenter, sitting in the production room for SC Coast to Coast, seeing so many celebrities and athletes; it’s all been very exciting.
Will you present/meet the next recipient?
I hope so. I want to be able to be a part of the committee and help pick out the next recipient and others after that. This has been a true blessing for me so the only thing I can do and want to do is give back and see someone else live out their dream.
Video produced by Shannon Donohue.