Stuart Scott’s Daughters Created A Video Tribute To Their Father On The Anniversary Of His Passing

One year ago today, the world learned of the death of longtime ESPN anchor Stuart Scott following his eight-year battle with cancer. The news was reported live on air by Hannah Storm.

The announcement came just months after Scott gave an emotional and inspirational speech at the ESPY Awards after winning the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. The most memorable quote from the speech was Scott saying, “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the matter of which you live.” But perhaps the most memorable moment was when he invited his two daughters, Taelor and Sydni, on stage with him.

Now, on this one year anniversary, Scott’s daughters have come together with Dear World to create a video love letter to their father. (You may recall that Dear World, an art project/social experiment that encourages people to share their stories of hope and inspiration on their skin in photographs, is the group behind Steve Gleason’s video love letter to New Orleans that was released in 2015.) It’s a tear-jerker, as one would expect, but also provides an uplifting message of the kind of father and man Scott was, and why he meant so much to so many people, especially Taelor and Sydni.

Here’s some more info on the project via Dear World’s website:

The Scotts became friends Dear World’s founder Robert X. Fogarty after he photographed Stuart Scott for Dear World in its signature message on skin portrait style. The portrait eventually became the cover image for Every Day I Fight, Scott’s memoir. In the distinctive Dear World portrait style where each person shares a message on their skin, now Taelor and Sydni have created a tribute to their father in Dear World’s style.

Dear World has grabbed headlines for photographing Syrian refugees in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp, Boston Marathon Bombing survivors and survivors of Hurricane Sandy in New York and of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Their portrait subjects include Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus, Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Drew Brees and Academy Award Winner Susan Sarandon.

Each person writes a message to someone they love or about something they care about.

“Stuart Scott was a childhood hero of mine. And can never get the final passages of his famous ESPYs speech out of my head when thinking about Taelor and Sydni going into this new year,” Fogarty said. Stuart said, ‘When you get too tired to fight, then lay down and rest and let someone fight for you.’ I see the love and support of so many to Taelor and Sydni and I admire the fight they have inside of them. It’s hard to lose someone you love and they honor Stuart’s legacy every day.”

(Via Dear World)