Make plans now to attend the 2017 WoS Gala
Experienced writers and teachers understand that writing becomes more enjoyable when you write about something you love. The concept of Write on Sports (WOS) is to teach youth to write by teaching them to write about sports, a subject they are passionate about
During their time in Write on Sports, students learn the basic elements of good journalism and apply their knowledge to writing spot stories and a feature piece. As part of the learning process, WOS introduces youth to professional journalists and athletes, whom they interview and then write about. Students also write scripts and produce videos in a broadcast studio or on computers. They blog about events they attend, guests they have interviewed, or opinions they have about sports. Write on Sports encourages critical thinking, and students are expected to revise their stories multiple times in order to improve their work
WoS holds summer camps and after-school programs. A camp includes between 24 to 30 students and the student-teacher ratio is about 4:1 so that each student receives personalized assistance. Certified teachers are hired from the local school district and pre-service teachers working on their degrees work at their side. Each after-school program has about a dozen students, with staff drawn from the host school
The focus of Write on Sports is middle school youth – particularly the student in the sixth or seventh grade who shows promise and can benefit from such a program. Students are invited to return a second and sometimes a third year if they want to build on what they learn. Although it does require effort on the part of the students, we make the program fun. We seek to inspire and to encourage all the students we work with to become more confident writers
Write on Sports, a non-profit, receives funding from individuals, foundations and corporations. It is tuition free.
WoS adds three to board;
names Advisory Council chair
A Write On Sports alum, West Orange, N.J., High School graduate and soccer star Bryce Millington is headed to the University of Chicago this fall to major in pre-med and to play for the school's soccer team.
Millington returned to a WoS summer camp at Montclair State University this year to talk to the kids.
The All-State soccer player wants to be a doctor in the future, possibly a neurosurgeon.
WBGO radio sports director Doug Doyle profiled Millington on his weekly sports show. Click here for the full story and an audio excerpt of the interview.
Write on Sports, Inc., has added three directors, Dev Gandhi, PJ Johnson and Louis LaSalle to its board, bringing the total number of WoS directors to 11.
Gandhi is the International Business Manager/COO for the International Capital Market Groups at Mitsubishi UFG (MUFG). He is also president of the Yale Club of New York, the largest university-affiliated club in the world.
Johnson is the Managing Partner at RiversideStrategic, a PR firm which specializes in the financial industry. Prior to founding RiversideStrategic, he established and directed corporate communications in the Americas for Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc. and Nomura.
LaSalle is Senior Vice President, Corporate External Affairs for RWJBarnabas Health, where he is instrumental in developing strategic corporate alliances for community health and wellness
“WoS is poised for thoughtful, planned growth,” said Johnson.”Its programs have brought important and sustained benefits to those whose lives it touches.”
In other board action, Doug Lavanture was appointed Chair of the Advisory Council. Lavanture is Director of Business Operations for Bloomberg LP’s Global Data department. Previously he worked as a news desk editor and producer for Bloomberg Television. He serves as president of the Badminton Club of New York, which was founded in 1878.
Write on Sports, founded by Byron Yake, a former Associated Press sports editor and executive, is celebrating its 12th anniversary this year and conducted 10 camps this summer..
WoS alum profiled on radio show podcast
The date is set! Make plans now to attend the 12th annual Write on Sports Gala. It is a celebration of the WoS programs and recognizes WoS Literacy Champions, leaders in helping kids.
• Thursday, Sept. 28
• Avenue A Club, 58 Avenue A, Newark, N.J.
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Students at the Write on Sports camp in Newark watch as WoS Program Director Dr. Erik Jacobson works with another student on his long-form feature story.
“You can smash a shuttle at up to speeds of 215 miles per hour!” -- Yassine Elias, NY Badminton team
“I wish I had enough athletic ability to have people ask me questions!” -- Matt Loughlin, NJ Devils broadcaster
You never know what you’ll hear from guest athletes and journalists during Write on Sports camps!
This year, four flagship camps and six affiliate camps in four states welcomed more than 200 middle school students for two-week writing camps that focus on sports journalism.
Six colleges and universities hosted the programs along with the Prudential Center (Newark) and two high school settings. Each camp included four guest events. Students worked on feature stories for the camp magazine, produced a video project and blogged each day.
Click here for the full story.
Ten WoS camps make for a busy 12th summer