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WoS team attends 2014 Heisman gala

Executive Director Byron Yake and WoS alumni and interns Molly Rich and Evan Easterling met former Heisman winners, got a football autographed by top athletes for the next WoS gala and took in the events of the evening.

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Three honored as "Literacy Champions" at 2014 WoS Gala

Honors for three men involved in sports and literacy and personal stories of how Write on Sports has helped  former WoS campers were the highlights of the organization’s 9th anniversary gala in Newark, N.J., in September.

The three men honored included:

Prince Amukamara -- Amukamara, a cornerback for the New York Giants, was a first-round draft pick out of Nebraska, where he was an honors student. A member of the 2011 Giants Super Bowl team as a rookie, his father was a teacher, his mother a member of the 1984 Nigerian Olympic track team. Amukamara regularly participates in community outreach work.

Steve Beck -- Beck has had a distinguished 30-year career on Wall Street and is a Managing Director for Deutsche Bank. He and his wife, Lauren, founded People against Childhood Epilepsy, to fund research and provide outreach in that field. Steve is a member of the WoS Board of Trustees. In 2013, he was inducted into the Livingston High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Steve Politi -- Politi is a sports columnist for The Star-Ledger in Newark. He started a lifetime in journalism delivering the same newspaper as a boy growing up in Nutley, N.J. He joined the staff of The Star-Ledger in 1998, from Raleigh, N.C., becoming a columnist in 2005. Politi was twice named one of the top 10 sports columnists in the United States by the AP Sports Editors group.

Lopez, Beutel featured in EDGE Magazine report on WOS

Former Write on Sports student Kevin Lopez, now a student at Princeton University, and WOS lead teach Andy Beutel are quoted in a story by Steve Urena on Trinitas Medical Center’s EDGE Magazine website describing the success of the Write on Sports program. (full story here)

WoS honors four as organization's first "Literacy Champions" at gala

Honors for four men involved in sports and literacy and personal stories of how Write on Sports has helped three WOS interns were the highlights of the organization’s 8th anniversary gala in Newark, N.J., Sept. 25, 2013.

Three former campers, who are now interns for the program - Joyce Arowosaye, Kriistie Keleshian and Olu Olugundudu - spoke from the heart as they told the crowd how WOS had shaped their approach to writing and, in some cases, had given them a path to a career choice.

The four men honored included:

Bill Ard (former NY Giants offensive guard, member of the 1987 Super Bowl team and a member of the Giants’ All-Century team)

Chris Broussard (ESPN writer and NBA analyst, also a board member of Write on Sports)

Kenneth J. Goldman (President and founder of the Rivendell Foundation and one of Write on Sports' greatest supporters)

Sandy Pyonin (N.J. basketball coach who has sent more than 30 players to the NBA, including Kyrie Irving and Randy Foye)

WOS founder talks with ESPN Radio about the literacy program

Write on Sports founder and Executive Director Byron Yake was interviewed on Bill Daughtry’s show on the New York ESPN Radio outlet on  August 3, 2013 to talk about the just-concluded 2013 camps and the programs of Write on Sports. (ESPN podcast)

Seton Hall site features story on Pirate’s visit to camp

Seton Hall University’s website carried a full report on the July 31, 2013 visit to a combined Write on Sports camp by Seton Hall player Patrik Auda. Auda was interviewed by ESPN writer and broadcaster Chris Broussard, a member of the WOS board of directors, and then the students got to ask their own questions. Campers from both the Hawthorne/Clifton and Newark camps took part in the activity. (Seton Hall report)

Montclair State softball players, Record reporter spend the morning with 2012 WOS campers

Mike D'Onofrio reports on the West Orange Patch site, “West Orange students are making headlines of their own as they learn the basics of sports journalism at nearby Montclair State University. More than 30 cub reporters from town have spent the week writing reports and taking notes in the Write on Sports program at MSU. On Wednesday, these future journalists got a firsthand look at how a professional reporter conducts an interview. Brian Giuffra, of the Bergen Record, stopped by that day and sat down with campus softball stars Alex Hill and Heather Bergman. While Giuffra interviewed Hill and Gergman, students watched and took notes of their own.”

Former Montclair State standout and Atlanta Falcons hopeful Chad Faulcon visits WOS camps

Former Montclair State All-American Chad Faulcon, currently a member of the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons, returned to campus on July 10 to take part in the Write On Sports camp held at University Hall. Faulcon, who will head to the team’s training camp in late July, was interviewed by the campers comprised of middle school students from nearby West Orange. Faulcon and head football coach Rick Giancola fielded questions from the campers as they learned the proper procedures of interviewing and putting together a story. Faulcon visited the Newark camp the following Monday for a session with those campers, too. (Bergen Record story)

Giants’ Tuck, SI’s King honored at WOS 7th anniversary gala

New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, who recently became a two-time Super Bowl champion, was honored at the Write on Sports 7th Anniversary Gala on May 24, 2012 at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club in South Orange, N.J.. Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King, a member of the Write on Sports Board of Trustees, was also recognized, both for their work to support youth literacy. Kim Jones, who formerly covered the Yankees for the YES Network and joined the NFL Network this spring, was the emcee for the event which also included testimonials from former Write on Sports campers and their parents.

National journal profiles WOS camps, campers

Writing in the Winter Editions of the Dow Jones News Fund Adviser, reporter Carol Smith tells the story of Newark WOS camper Na-Tarria McSeed-Fenderson and how the WOS camp has made a difference in her life. “Writing stories about the people I met got me motivated for writing more,” said Na-Tarria about her experience this summer meeting famous people in sports and journalism. And McSeed-Fenderson’s mom saw a great value to the camp, too, according to Smith, who wrote, “Margie McSeed-Fenderson, Na- Tarria’s mother, who viewed her daughter’s work on one of the last days of a Newark, N.J., camp, was impressed with the teachers’ inter- actions with the students. “The one-on- one with the staff could get more out of the children,” said Na-Tarria’s mother in praising the staff members for their caring and their desire to help the children improve their writing and their thinking skills. In addition to improving their writing, the camp taught them to speak out in public without being afraid and to socialize with others from other schools, she added. (Winter, 2012 Adviser pdf)

Education is crucial, athletes and broadcaster tell Newark students at High School Expo

WNBA executive Kym Hampton, one of the first stars in the league, Chris Broussard, an NBA analyst for ESPN, and Liza Donnell-Woodard, a former star at Shabazz High School in Newark and a star at North Carolina, participated in a Write on Sports (WOS) program at the Newark Public Schools High School Expo at Prudential Center in October. The Expo was attended by eighth graders who are making decisions about which magnet school to attend. WOS participated at the invitation of the NPS School-to-Career & College Initiatives headed by Mrs. Deborah DeBerry. The panelists were questioned by high school seniors Kevin Lopez and Olu Ologundudu, who have attended a total of six Write on Sports summer camps and after-school programs. WOS asked them to interview the panel at this forum attended by several thousand students, parents and guests.

2011 Write on Sports summer camps make it an even dozen, draw coverage

This summer marked the sixth year for the program and, for the first time, simultaneous camps were held for Newark and West Orange middle school students. A second Newark camp followed, making it an even dozen for the program which builds writing skills. Each group attended sports events and had several guest speakers from the worlds of sports and journalism, then wrote about the people and events they had seen.

The activities got coverage in area newspapers and on local web sites, too. Joyce Arowosaye, a three-time camper, returned to the camp as a teaching intern. She blogged on the WOS website and contributed an article to the Montclair Times print edition and the NorthJersey.com website. Articles and photos were also carried on the Baristanet.com and Patch.com sites.

Al Iannazzone, a reporter for the Record of Bergen County, took part in a session with campers in Newark and New Jersey Nets assistant general manager Bobby Marks, then wrote about his morning at the Write on Sports camp. Iannazzone wrote in the paper and on its website, “The simulated news conference was nearing its conclusion when one child wanted to know what the Nets need to contend. It was a great question that followed many thoughtful ones from the students attending the Write on Sports camp in Newark this week.”

WBGO-FM news director Doug Doyle participated in two Newark camps, teaching the campers good interview techniques. At one of the sessions, he interviewed Sky Blue FC forward Eni Aluko of the Women’s Professional Soccer league and English National team and used excerpts on his noon broadcast that day. (7/25/11 audio stream)

Write on Sports, in association with the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, assisted Loyola University’s School of Communications with a one-week camp in Chicago. The camp, for high school students from the Chicago area, followed the WOS curriculum, including interviews with athletes and team officials and a visit to a game. The students produced a web site and a broadcast-quality video during the week. The program was profiled on Loyola’s blog.

Write on Sports goes to the summer learning fair in Newark

Write on Sports  participated in a Summer Learning Fair at Rutgers Law School on June 20, hosted by U.S. Rep. Donald Payne. Sponsors of the fair, which was attended by a couple hundred students from Newark, their parents and many other interested parties, were the Victoria and Prudential Foundations, both grantors to the Write on Sports programs.

Winners announced in Write on Sports writing contest

Write on Sports celebrated its Fifth Anniversary at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Nov. 19.  Some 180 people attended the dinner,  which was sponsored by the Star-Ledger in support of the WOS mission – to teach students to write by teaching them to write about sports. Some 40 students who had participated in at least one of the Write on Sports camp or after-school programs attended the event, that included interviews by four of the students of guest athletes and sportswriters and broadcasters. And 21 entered a writing contest. They were asked to write anything they wished to write about the evening.

West Orange Patch reports six West Orange High School students got a behind-the-scenes look at a radio station sports department in April during a visit to WBGO-FM  in Newark. The visit was junior Kristie Keleshian's prize for her second-place finish in a recent writing contest sponsored by Write on Sports.

WOS Fifth Anniversary Dinner held at New Jersey Performing Arts Center turns the tables on sports notables

West Orange Chronicle Managing Editor Debbie L. Hochberg writes, “It is usually famous sports writers such as Chris Broussard of ESPN and Peter King of Sports Illustrated who do the interviewing, but the tables were turned recently as West Orange High School students had the chance to interview Broussard and King. The students were not daunted and were quick to credit Write on Sports, the program which was being celebrated that night, with their ability.” The Star-Ledger of Newark sponsored the dinner, attended by 180 people, including some 40 WOS students.

Mom find her daughter’s birthday gift in an improbable spot

Ruth Bonapace takes her daughter Isabella to the Write on Sports Fifth anniversary dinner and the night’s silent auction produces the perfect birthday gift for a nine-year-old who enjoys sports in general and soccer in particular.

ESPN’s Broussard talks about the need for education

WBGO-FM News Director Doug Doyle talks with WOS board member and ESPN commentator Chris Broussard. (7/30/2010 audio stream)

WOS founder Yake honored with Jefferson Award

Melissa Chin of nj.com reports on the 2009 Jefferson Award, a statewide community service honor, given to WOS founder and Executive Director Byron Yake for his work in building the writing program for middle school students. (12/29/2009 pdf)

Newark students interview sports figures at Black History Month celebration

In an event at the Newark Public Library, 10 Newark Technology High School students, part of a Write on Sports after-school program at Newark Technology High School, ask several sports figures. (3/9/2009 pdf)

WBGO-FM News Director Doug Doyle covered the event for the Newark radio station’s weekly “WBGO Journal.” (2/26/2009 audio stream)

Giants star Stephen Baker, “Touchdown Maker” and Devils Chairman Vanderbeek talk with students

John Mooney of the Star-Ledger writes, “Given his passion, it was a pretty good fit when the boy heard about a novel summer program that fosters writing in middle and high schoolers by tapping into their love of the game, a kind of fantasy camp for not just budding sportswriters but any writers at all. "Writing can be boring," Olumide (Ologundudu) said. "This makes it a lot more fun."

Writing program is right for students

West Orange Chronicle correspondent Kate McNaboe reports, “Most adolescents would scoff at the idea of being in school during the summer and would dread the notion of homework and writing when they could be outside playing, but not the participants in Write on Sports."