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Winston-Salem State creates scholarship honoring Stephen Smith

Fred Jeter | 10/11/2019, 6 a.m.
Winston-Salem State University has named an athletic scholarship honoring ESPN sports- caster Stephen A. Smith, a 1991 alumnus of the ...
Popular ESPN sports analyst Stephen A. Smith, above center, poses with Winston-Salem State University Chancellor Elwood Robinson and the Red Sea of Sound after an athletic scholarship was named in Smith’s honor. Smith, who graduated from Winston-Salem State in 1991, played basketball under legendary Coach Clarence “Big House” Gaines. Winston-Salem State University photos

Winston-Salem State University has named an athletic scholarship honoring ESPN sportscaster Stephen A. Smith, a 1991 alumnus of the university.

Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. Smith

A native of New York City, Smith played basketball at Winston-Salem State under the late legendary Coach Clarence “Big House” Gaines. Smith wore jersey No. 20 as a Ram. Smith, as host of ESPN’s “First Take,” has become one of the most recognized personalities in sports journalism.

The scholarship, a surprise to Smith, was announced during Smith’s show on Sept. 20 as he was broadcasting live from the 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington, Del., during HBCU Week. The announcement was made by Winston-Salem State Chancellor Elwood Robinson.

The always heavily opinionated commentator is a member of the CIAA Athletic Hall of Fame.

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