SportsCenter Anchor Kevin Negandhi Shouts Out THON
The list of ESPN personalities to recognize THON grew longer. When most dancers were hopefully fast asleep, anchor Kevin Negandhi gave a shoutout on the morning edition of SportsCenter.
Negandhi, a Temple grad, hosts SportsCenter AM and hosted five other shows since joining ESPN in 2006. During the 8 a.m. shows, the anchors give 50-second commentaries on whatever’s on their minds. With dancers due to stand a few hours later, Negandhi spread awareness of the cause on SportsCenter and on Twitter.
— Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) February 19, 2016
“I opened up the take, the commentary, saying, ‘every year at this time, I get a bunch of tweets on my timeline about college kids dancing late at night and it’s not what you think,'” he said. “I get a lot of tweets from Penn State alums, Penn State students on what THON’s about, what they’re trying to do, awareness, the hashtag FTK…I thought it was relevant to recognize it because I thought it was one of those cool things that often gets overlooked. To think about them raising 13 million dollars for families and kids that are dealing with cancer just a year ago is something that should be recognized on a national scale, so I made sure to mention it.”
A year after fellow anchor John Buccigross covered a Penn State hockey home game before crossing the street to attend his first THON, Negandhi paid respects of his own. The two shoutouts were coincidental, as Negandhi didn’t learn about Buccigross’ visit or his subsequent mention on SportsCenter. For dancers entering the final few hours, he has some simple advice: drink water, get a ton of rest afterwards, and stretch. One day, he hopes to pay a visit and give the advice in person.
“Obviously timing and schedule would be most important and key, but I’d love to be a part of it,” he said. “To watch what those kids are doing, I think it’s pretty cool that they pack the Bryce Jordan Center and there’s a ton of support for the 700 selected kids who push forward. One of the things I noted on my take was it’s a year-round thing, not just something that takes 48 hours of standing up. You’re soliciting donations, you’re reaching out to people and building relationships, you’re asking for support. That shows a full commitment from the group that takes place in THON.”