— Shelley Smith (@ShelleyESPN) April 2, 2016
It’s not an atypical for ESPN reporter Shelley Smith to be on assignment on any given Mother’s Day Sunday – this year, she’s been dispatched to Oakland, covering the start of the NBA Western Conference finals.
Her own 81-year-old mom, Luanne, remains confined to her bed in suburban Denver, having been in hospice care recently for a variety of ailments. But there is comfort knowing that spending the day with her will be Smith’s one-and-only daughter, 31-year-old Dylann Tharp.
“I’ll miss that she’s not as close in proximity,” Smith said earlier this week of her now adult-sized kid, “but I’ll be glad she’s with my mom. That will make me happy.”
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More to read:
== Books authored by Smith:
= “Games Girls Play: Understanding and Guiding Young Female Athletes,” in 2001. Which included this in the acknowledgements: “Dylann has truly benefitted from playing sports and I am extremely proud of the way she’s handled the obstacles thrown at her. Becase of that, because of sports, she is stronger, more confident, responsible young woman. I wish this for every daughter.”
= “Just Give Me the Damn Ball!: The Fast Times and Hard Knocks of an NFL Rookie,” on Keyshawn Johnson, from 1997
== A 2007 feature on Dylann Tharp from the Daily Emerald as she played soccer at Oregon.
== A 2016 feature on Shelley Smith and Dylann Tharp from the V Foundation Newsletter.