Posted December 04, 2023 in Press Releases

20-year ESPN veteran to host annual fundraiser supporting GCSC


CLEVELAND Holly Rowe, ESPN Reporter and Commentator, will host the 24th Greater Cleveland Sports Awards presented by Medical Mutual and Ancora. This premier annual sports fundraiser supporting Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC) will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (RMFH). Table packages and individual tickets are on sale at clevelandsportsawards.com.

A 20-year veteran at ESPN, Rowe is one of the network’s most versatile commentators. Covering a wide variety of sports, she joined the network full-time in August 1998 after appearing on select ESPN telecasts in 1997 and ABC Sports in 1995-96.

Rowe is a reporter on several high-profile events and programming including ABC’s “Saturday Night Football”, “Big Monday men’s college basketball, NCAA Women’s Final Four, NCAA Women’s College World Series, NCAA indoor and beach volleyball national championships and the WNBA.

Rowe has also provided commentary for women’s college basketball, softball, volleyball, and gymnastics, as well as covering soccer, swimming, track & field and the Little League World Series of baseball and softball for ESPN.

Rowe won the 2022 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Personality/Reporter and was the 2022 recipient of the Mel Greenberg National Media Award from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. A soon-to-be-minted hall of famer, Rowe was recently named the 2023 Curt Gowdy Electronic Media Award Winner for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2021, Rowe made Utah Jazz history as the team’s first female color commentator in a game against the Sacramento Kings.

Rowe has provided color commentary for women’s college basketball and women’s college volleyball for Fox Sports from 1993-2003. She was one of four announcers on ESPN’s coverage of the 1998 Women’s World Cup and has hosted ESPN’s coverage of the Running of the Bulls. She was also the analyst for the WNBA’s Utah Starzz until the franchise moved to San Antonio. Rowe served as a commentator for Brigham Young University (BYU) women’s basketball, volleyball, and gymnastics from 1993-2009 and as a BYU and Air Force football sideline reporter for the Blue and White Sports Network from 1993-97.

She graduated from the University of Utah with a broadcast journalism degree. While at Utah, Rowe was a sportswriter for the Daily Utah Chronicle and the Davis County Clipper and anchored the campus TV station news.

Rowe has worked as a sports reporter and anchor for outlets in Salt Lake City including KSL Radio, Fox 13 TV, KBYU TV, BYU Sports Network and KFNZ Radio.

The award-winning Rowe is a producer and writer of documentaries and features aired on KBYU TV, ESPN and FOX 13 TV in Salt Lake City.

Rowe, who is in remission and a survivor of Stage IV Metastatic Melanoma, has become a tireless advocate for cancer research and prevention.

Rowe will take center stage during Sports Awards to lead the honors celebrating a year of athletic achievements in Northeast Ohio from high school stars to professional athletes.

Cleveland’s sports and business scene will gather to enjoy this night of networking, appearances from local and national sports celebrities, libations, a high-value silent auction and a fully produced awards show mirrored on RMFH’s big screen.

Tables are available for purchase with prices ranging from $4,000 to $7,000 and guarantee purchaser 10 seats, a Cocktail Hour presented by Medical Mutual and Ancora, refreshments during the show and access to the After Party, courtesy of Westfield.

Individual tickets are available for $350 and include the cocktail hour, refreshments during the show and access to the after party. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit clevelandsportsawards.com.

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About Greater Cleveland Sports Commission: Since 2000, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC) has been responsible for attracting over 222 sporting events which provide more than $917 million in economic activity to Northeast Ohio. GCSC serves to measurably improve the economy of Greater Cleveland and enrich the community by attracting, creating, managing and enhancing significant sporting and competitive events. For more information, visit clevelandsports.org.

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