Background

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Growing up, I played just about every sport possible. I played soccer, baseball, basketball, football, tennis, and track and field. Sports have always been a major part of my life for so many reasons. Not only are sports a fun way to exercise and pass time, but they have helped me meet some of my best friends and create bonds with them that extend farther than the physical boundaries on the court. I have grown so much as an individual, both physically and mentally, as a result of my involvement in sports through a multitude of practices, games, and individual hours of preparation.

            The two main sports I follow and play are football and basketball. I have played both since I was about 3 years old, and they have been tremendous influences on who I am today. Football and basketball are sports that require exceptional teamwork, in addition to extraordinary individual performance. They require you to cooperate with and sacrifice everything for your team around you. I truly believe sports are a phenomenal metaphor for life.

            I was a lineman on both sides of the ball for my football team, in addition to being the kicker up until 8th grade where I decided to focus on my main love: basketball. I played basketball competitively up until my senior year in high school. I became a school record holder for my high school my senior year for discus and broke my own record six times throughout the season. I never even considered track and field growing up, but it taught me hard work, perseverance, and just how far a dedicated mind can take you.

            I am a Penn State student pursuing a Broadcast Journalism major. I am going to school for five years to earn my major, turn my business minor into an associate degree, and earn a certificate in sports journalism. I love writing articles and predictions for sports games, and I know without a doubt this is what I am best at. In addition to producing written content, I  have created a podcast series to speak my mind about certain topics and games. By strengthening my writing and public speaking, I believe I give myself the best of both worlds in my ability to portray my ideas and elaborate on my beliefs, opinions, and views.

            My dream goal is to make it to ESPN as a sports analyst. I remember waking up early before school and tuning in all evening long to watch just about every game, highlight, and story I could. By far, my favorite sport is basketball and I may just be the biggest college basketball nerd. I spend so much time doing research on different teams, from strength of schedule, to points scored, and everything in-between. I love March Madness and bracketology, and my dream is to hopefully be able to cover sports in some capacity someday, especially the tournament.

            This website, my podcasts, articles, and my sports twitter, @ericsfenstermaker, are all dedicated to pursuing my dream of sports journalism. In addition to my degree, I am branching out and interacting with a wide sports audience. I am a contributor and writer on the Birds Informer website ,which covers all things Eagles football. I’m open to all conversations about sports, since I have a wide background, and I’m always open to talking about anything. Although I’m a Philadelphia fan (Eagles, 76ers, Phillies), I am always more than willing to talk about any team and any issue in the sports realm.

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