ESPN’s “Journalism Showcase” – February 2, 2018
Alyssa Silva has inspired many people with her passion for life despite having a rare disease called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Included in that ever-growing group of Silva’s admirers is none other than the AFC Champion New England Patriots. This Super Bowl Sunday, E:60 (9 a.m. ET, ESPN2) and NFL Countdown (12:15 p.m. ET, ESPN) will share her story.
“I first heard that E:60 wanted to do a story on me back in March,” Silva said. “I happened to be having breakfast with a friend who works for the Patriots when [producer] Max [Brodsky] called him to say he was interested in doing a story on me. It was perfect timing.”
Silva said she felt honored when she first heard the news and she feels the same emotions today.
“When I embarked on this journey of writing and fundraising, my goals and intentions were (and still are) to raise funds, awareness and hope for SMA. So, I am beyond fortunate to be in a position where I have a platform like ESPN to share my story.”
In addition to being able to educate people about SMA, Silva hopes people will look at her favorite football team, the New England Patriots in a different light too.
“I’ve been a huge fan of this team my entire life, but over the years I’ve become so fortunate in getting to know them and what takes place off the field, that I’m now an even bigger fan,” she said.
“I hope that through the class and character exemplified by the Patriots in this feature, people learn just how far kindness can truly go and how the kindness from one NFL team has impacted my life in the most remarkable way.”
Journalism on Display
If you have the time, this is pretty interesting — a map to show how all current NFL head coaches can be traced back to Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick:https://t.co/vylW1I9zmz
— Joe Malfa (@MalfaJ98) February 2, 2018
Wowie, this @SamBorden profile on the three Nigerian-Americans who are making history this year in Pyeongchang has made me want to watch the Olympics. https://t.co/bdo3pH2Ikk
— Allegra Harpootlian (@ally_harp) January 30, 2018
There are some old school, small town #Minnesota quotes and details in this story, folks. Welcome back, Little Tommy! Good luck on Sunday. https://t.co/AAm3sjpd4F
— Prairie Style File (@PrairieStylFile) February 1, 2018
Always great spending time with @michaelstrahan — chatted all things #TomBrady this morning for my @Nightline piece Friday! #Superbowl52 pic.twitter.com/MUSjhB6KQs
— Hannah Storm (@HannahStormESPN) January 31, 2018
Mental health conditions can affect ANYONE, period. More proof –> https://t.co/5RTMgQjzFm
— Lindsay Holmes (@lindsaygholmes) February 1, 2018
What an amazing piece of history – and a sobering reminder that those who do not know their past, are doomed to repeat it. https://t.co/hrBcFht7W5
— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) February 2, 2018
Josh Norman offered to buy Eric Reid a plane ticket so they could settle their beef in person. @JimTrotter_NFL and @JReidESPN with some strong reporting on the fracturing of the Players Coalition.@TheUndefeated https://t.co/SUaaQXjPzy
— Kevin Merida (@meridak) February 2, 2018