Alumnus Kieran McGirl ’15 received an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Health/Science Feature/Segment at the 41st Boston/New England Emmy Awards Ceremony June 2 for his feature, “For Ari.”
McGirl produced the segment while he was an associate producer at New England Sports Network (NESN). The 25-year-old alumnus, who majored in media studies, began his career at the network after winning “NESN’s Next Producer” as a senior at SHU. During his three years there, he told stories of many athletes and sports fans. When he first heard Ari’s story, he knew it was special.
“For Ari,” tells the story of Ari Schultz, who suffered from a heart condition. Ari received a heart transplant at age 5, but his body rejected the new heart and he passed away. Passionate about baseball and the Boston Red Sox, Ari was scheduled to throw out the first pitch at a Red Sox game last August but instead, his parents did so in his memory. “For Ari” aired a week later.
“I came across a video of Ari being told that he was getting a heart transplant and would be able to go to a Red Sox game that season. He was holding a baseball bat and asked many questions about when he would receive the heart and when he would be able to go home. There was something about the innocence in his voice that made me want to learn more about him,” said McGirl. “After contacting his family, I learned about his passion for baseball and his love of the Boston Red Sox.”
During McGirl’s acceptance speech at the award ceremony, he thanked the Schultz family and urged people to “live life like Ari.”
McGirl recently left NESN and now works as an associate producer at “Good Morning America.” To view more of McGirl’s segments, visit kieranmcgirl.com.