There was really no escaping it… being an athlete and loving sports, that is. I come from a true sports family. Both my mom and aunt grew up with a tennis racquet in hand, eventually leading them to play on the pro tour. Before them, my grandpa was striking out batters in the Major League. He was on the mound when my mom was born. My parents even met because of sports, tennis specifically (admit it Dad, you were star-struck). So before I was even born, my life has revolved around sports, as it still is, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I tried out everything from soccer and golf to tennis and softball. When high school came around, I chose to focus on basketball and then go on to play in college. I was devastated, as any athlete can imagine, when I blew out my knee senior year of high school. But I loved the game, so there was no doubt in my mind that I’d rehab and get right back at it. About as quickly as I got back on the court, I was off of it again. This time it was the other knee. I remember “everything happens for a reason” being the phrase/advice that I heard most. At first, I hated hearing it because I couldn’t see a reason. All I wanted was to play ball, and I just couldn’t do it anymore. But eventually, I was able to see divine fingerprints. And looking back now, the reason is so clear. I had considered the idea of getting into broadcasting, but once I realized my playing days were over I dove head first into it and realized I had found my passion. This was my reason that everything happened. God flipped a terrible situation upside down and I couldn’t be more thankful.
I’m a communications major with a focus on journalism at Hope College, graduating in 2012. I’m actively pursuing this dream of mine in sports reporting through broadcast, print and online. While at school I cover any and all sports for the Hope College YouTube channel. I’ve interned in the sports department at WKRC, the CBS affiliate in Cincinnati, OH. I also have contributed to WomenTalkSports, interviewing athletes and other women in the sports world, covering sporting events live and writing features on different events and people. This summer I also took over the social media aspect of Ignition APG, an athletic performance group based out of Cincinnati. I ran Ignition’s Twitter, Facebook, blog and YouTube channels making multiple videos per week.
I love sports, so to me, there’s nothing better than getting to meet and talk to other athletes and people who love it as much as I do. I’ve had many great opportunities to do that already, but they didn’t come without hard work. I’m enjoying the great people I’m meeting along the way, appreciating their confidence in me and falling more in love with the world of sports every day.