My son and I first met Stuart Scott in 2007. Stuart was a rare and special individual. My son, who is handicapped and wants to be a sports reporter, idolized Stuart. Stuart had given a talk that day to a room full of sports announcer hopefuls in Orlando at an ESPN event. My son was one of them. After his talk, instead of leaving immediately to avoid the crowds, Stuart stayed for over an hour and spoke to every single child who waited for the chance to speak to him. When it came to my son, Stuart could not have kinder, more encouraging, funny and patient. There are not a lot of kids with autism and other disabilities that are encouraged to go into sports broadcasting but that day Stuart Scott told my son he would be an excellent sports announcer some day. Stuart hugged him, shook his hand and had his picture taken with him. I could hardly hold back my tears of pure joy that this man was so kind to my son. Stuart acted like he had absolutely nothing else to do. And my son believed Stuart that he could be a sports announcer. Since that time my son has attended college and will graduate with a four year degree this spring and will be looking for a job-as a sports announcer.
Stuart never forgot him. They chatted on Facebook and remained friends. I have never forgotten that day and when we learned Stuart had cancer we let him know he was constantly in our prayers. Stuart's death has hit us hard.
If ever there was an angel in sportscasting-it is Stuart Scott. May he revel with the angels in heaven and may his family find peace and comfort in the joy he brought to the world of sportscasting -and to a kid in Coral Springs, Florida who Stuart believed in-and made him believe. We love you buddy and we will miss you so much! Rest in Peace, Good and Faithful Servant. Love, Cathy and Ryan