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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 both have been tremendous influences on whom 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 to 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, 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. Also, I became a school-record holder my senior year of high school for discus, and I 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 dedication.

I am a Penn State student pursuing a major in Broadcast Journalism. I love writing articles and predictions for sports games, and I know without a doubt that 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 to elaborate on my beliefs, opinions and views.

My dream goal is to make it 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, all commentated by the brightest minds in sports. My favorite sport is basketball, and I may just be the biggest college-basketball nerd. During the NCAA season, 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- especially the NCAA Tournament.

My podcasts, articles and sports Twitter, @ericsfensty, are all dedicated to my future in sports journalism, in addition to this website. In addition to my pursuit of a degree, I am branching out and interacting with a wide sports audience. I am a contributor and writer for the Birds Informer (https://birdsinformer.com/), which covers the Philadelphia Eagles. I’m open to all conversations about sports, since I have a wide background, and I’m always open to talk about anything. Although I’m a Philadelphia fan- Eagles, 76ers and Phillies- I am always more than willing to talk about any team or issue in the sports realm.

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