Middle school students in Goshen went to sports camp this month but never had to throw a ball or kick a ball or shoot a ball. Their job was to write – about sports.
At the Write on Sports camp, they interviewed athletes like Jewell Loyd, a Notre Dame guard who was named the best first-year collegiate basketball player in the nation, and Justin Gillette, a Goshen runner who ranks fifth in the world in marathon victories.
They interviewed the interviewers, like Anthony Anderson, assistant sports editor at The Elkhart Truth; Greg Keim, a sports reporter and columnist with The Goshen News; and Jack Nolan, the announcer for men’s basketball at Notre Dame and former longtime anchor at WNDU-TV.
And always, they were writing, posting their stories to the blog at goshen.edu/writeonsports. They also created video stories and wrote feature articles for an in-house magazine.
This was the first appearance of Write on Sports in Goshen, but not the debut of Write on Sports. The organization is in its eighth year of operation in New Jersey, under the direction of founder Byron Yake, a graduate of Goshen College and former national sports editor and executive with the Associated Press.
During the same two weeks in which students were developing their writing and reporting skills in Goshen, young aspiring journalists were doing the same in Newark and Montclair.
“Write on Sports camp was a blast,” said Gracie Edmonds, a camper in Goshen. “It was the coolest camp (educationally speaking) I’ve been to yet.”
Another Goshen camper, Caleel Baker, said, “I remember the first time I walked through those doors I was nervous. But about the fourth day everything changed. Now it’s the last day; it’s like I don’t want to leave.”