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Feel Good Friday: Stan Verrett Works With Young Storytellers and LeBron James’ I PROMISE School

We can all use some feel-goods these days; Front Row will bring you all the feels on Fridays through the goodness of familiar ESPN faces

Anchor Stan Verrett reports from the set of SportsCenter in Los Angeles. Watch his Feel Good Friday video at the bottom of this post. (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
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Front Row is expanding on “FGF” goodness every Friday as we put our own spin on the segment by highlighting the “good” being done by familiar faces from around ESPN who are helping to make others – and themselves! – feel good. This ongoing series showcases even more ways that ESPN is #OneTeam, signifying how we are all in this together.

One of the regular Friday highlights now ingrained in daytime SportsCenters is a segment called “Feel Good Friday.” It’s self-explanatory.

Here at Front Row, we have established our own FGF and it continues today with highlighting the efforts from SportsCenter anchors Stan Verrett, Jay Harris, and Elle Duncan.

They’ve each worked with students at NBA star LeBron James’ I PROMISE elementary school in Akron, Ohio, with the Young Storytellers initiative.

Young Storytellers is an organization designed to spark creative self-discovery through storytelling. The programs highlight young people as the center of their own narratives, emphasize that their stories matter, and celebrate their unique voices as the ones telling them.

(Courtesy Young Storytellers)

Working collaboratively in small groups, students from James’ I PROMISE elementary school, work with a pair mentors to write stories inspired by their own imaginations and experiences. Each week, for six weeks, volunteers are leading a small group of students to create and develop these wonderful scripts.

A screenshot of the virtual work session featuring ESPN’s three mentors (Duncan, Verrett and Harris), three mentors from The Walt Disney TV Group (Isiah Scales, Ron Grubbs and Elita Adjei) and four of the six participating actors (Siena Agudong, Chandra Wilson, Stephen Conrad Moore and Santiago Jimenez), along with Don Brooks in ESPN’s Corporate Citizenship group (Sceenshot courtesy Young Storytellers)

ESPN and The Walt Disney Television Group are providing the mentors for this rendition of the program, three from each business segment. ESPN’s mentors are SportsCenter anchors and, some of the best storytellers we have: Harris, Duncan, and Verrett.

In this video for Front Row, Verrett explains his commitment to this cause.

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