NAMIC to Honor Stuart Scott at INTX

The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) will honor late ESPN sports personality Stuart Scott with its 2015 Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award, the network said Monday.

Scott, who passed away in January after a long bout with cancer, will receive the award posthumously during NAMIC’s May 7 breakfast at the INTX show, said the diversity organization.

The Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award, created in 1992 in memory of the late Congressman from Texas, is NAMIC’s highest honor and recognizes individuals and companies representing the media, entertainment and communications industry for their philanthropic achievements and commitment to advancing the concerns of people of color.

Last month Scott received a posthumous award from the T Howard Foundation during the diversity organization's fundraising dinner.

"NAMIC is honored to pay tribute to Stuart Scott, one of our industry’s great leaders that fostered humanism and diversity in sportscasting and in his courageous fight against cancer,” said Eglon E. Simons, president and CEO of NAMIC in a statement.

Added ESPN president and co-chairman, Disney Media Networks John Skipper: “We appreciate NAMIC recognizing our wonderful friend and colleague in such a meaningful way.  Stuart Scott’s inspirational spirit is a major part of his legacy and this honor helps capture his remarkable impact.”

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