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, during my senior year of high school, I became a school-record holder 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’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.
I, Eric Scott Fenstermaker, promise to accurately and truthfully cover all matters that I am assigned to or choose to report on. My first loyalty is to my audience, and I promise to do the best that I physically, mentally and emotionally can do to serve the public information that will add value to their lives and promote meaningful dialogue. Journalism is a passion of mine and something I wish to spend my whole life doing. To do this, I understand that as a reporter, I must never cut corners, lie, fabricate, plagiarize or deprive anyone of content that is truly theirs. As a result, any errors I believe I have made will be posted below. I encourage anyone to ask me questions about my work so that I may always be a truthful and well-respected source of information.
I believe that transparency and ethics are a huge deal in the journalistic community. If you don’t trust me, why should you trust my information? Therefore, I would like to add notes about my articles as I learn more in my classes. I started doing a lot of my articles prior to any journalism experience or formal instruction, so if I made any errors or violated any regulations or standards, I want people to know it wasn’t intentional, and I will be correcting the issue for the future. I want to be upfront and honest with any employer or reader, and I don’t want to deceive anyone. People deserve the truth, and my future depends on my credibility.
On 10/1/20 in my Principles of Journalism Class, I learned that just crediting an image’s location is not good enough. I thought that it would be sufficient just to state the location of the image I grabbed off Google, but I was mistaken. In the future, every image I use will come from the “creative commons” section on Google, or I will have permission from the photographer. While some may not see the need to specify this, I feel it is vital to give all the hardworking sites and photographers their due credit. It was never my intention to rob anyone of deserved recognition.