Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Shaw's graduation speech a must-watch
By Kyle Bonagura
Josh Shaw captured America’s heart Monday when exploits of his heroic jump from a second-floor balcony to save his 7-year-old nephew from drowning spread across the Internet.
It was a tough pill for those at USC swallow considering the leap onto concrete below left Shaw with a pair of high ankle sprains that will sideline him indefinitely, but in no way were his actions surprising.
In May, Shaw was selected as one of the commencement speakers at USC’s student-athlete graduation ceremony and his speech gave a small glimpse into the type of person he is. Athletic director Pat Haden gave a nice introduction -- Shaw went to Haiti with other USC athletes to build houses -- and the six minutes it takes to watch are well worth your time.
Among other things, Shaw reflected on his decision to transfer from Florida back to Southern California to be closer to his family in Palmdale after his grandfather became seriously ill and his father was unable to run the family landscaping business due to surgery.
Here's to a speedy recovery for Josh.