Stephen A. Smith praises Nebraska volleyball, Husker faithful for historic night
Stephen A. Smith went on ESPN’s “First Take” Thursday to share his reaction to Volleyball Day in Nebraska.
The special volleyball night in Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium was a smashing success, setting the world record for attendance at a women’s sporting event. Needless to say, that record also includes an attendance record for a volleyball match that is unlikely to be reached.
In his remarks, Smith said he loved the event and praised the Husker faithful for the atmosphere and support of an elite women’s sports program. Smith also said this is a good example of what is needed to help support and further the cause of women’s sports.
“I love it, that’s special, I haven’t seen something like that in a long time and you have to give credit where credit is due,” said Smith. “I love the fact that they drew over 92,000, and I think it’s really important to make this point above all else: There are so many times where — First of all, the ladies out there do a phenomenal job, and they deserve all the support that they want. But in the same breath, when you have a crowd that shows up and supports them like that, there’s a lot of support they won’t be denied if you roll out and support them the way they support this sport and the way that they support men’s sports to be quite honest with you.”
Smith explained supporting women’s sports in this manner makes it easier for women’s programs to get their legitimate needs met:
“Something like that is emblematic of what we should be seeing in women’s sports more. Support them, that way the kind of needs that they have, it will be easier for them to acquire because they’ll have the support to back them up and justify it,” Smith said. “I love something like this, it is exactly what was needed as far as I am concerned.”
— First Take (@FirstTake) August 31, 2023