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Write on Sports campers at Newark's St. Peter's Academy interview two basketball players as they walk to the gym for a demonstration of ball-handling skills this past summer.

THE MISSION

The middle school years are critical times for students, who must attain valuable skills to determine a future path of academic success and growth and to ensure success on the eighth grade standardized tests. By strengthening communication, perceptual and intellectual proficiencies, the Write on Sports program provides a set of skills that can be applied to academic areas beyond sports writing.

THE HISTORY

Write on Sports was founded in 2005 by Byron Yake, a former sports writer in Pittsburgh for the Associated Press and later Sports Editor and senior executive of the AP, based in New York. Inspiration for the project arose from Yake’s interest in journalism, sports writing and education and his desire to help students improve their writing skills. MORE HISTORY

THE FUTURE

We believe Write on Sports is replicable and can expand both horizontally and vertically. The plan is to grow the program in clusters and to hold more than one camp at a particular site to gain efficiencies in staffing and administration. In addition, connecting the camps with after-school programs is key to building continuity for students who wish to continue with the program.

THE BOARD

The eight-person Write on Sports board draws from the ranks of education, law, the nation’s leading business leaders and notable sports journalists. The group includes Steven Beck, Chris Broussard, Dr. Ada Beth Cutler, Dev Gandhi, John Goldsmith, PJ Johnson, Peter King, David Lohuis, Robert Ottenhoff and Byron Yake. MORE BOARD