I have always enjoyed reading stories about sports. Some of my favorite are sports features because sometimes, you always hear about the result of the game but never the individuals playing the game.
These stories focus on both the competition of sports and the stories that come from those sports. For example, the story about the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team talked about them winning the game, but it also gave a little background as to how they got to where they are. The story about GHSA doesn’t talk much about the competition but basically says that where you play matters, thus moving the competition elsewhere. Not all sports stories have to be about the competition and performance, and that’s what I love.
The story that I liked most was the one about the volleyball player with the prosthetic leg. Reading inspiring stories like this always makes me emotional and makes me realize that not all individuals start out as athletes. They have to go through trials to get to where they are today, and I think that’s the beauty of it all. I also liked the story about the hockey team because winning that medal was a big deal for them, but I love the backstory that it gave telling how long they have worked for this. The pictures helped a lot with that story as well.
I don’t think any of these stories were over dramatizing. They all contained good information and were stories that I enjoyed reading.
I think that a writer should have knowledge about the sport if they are strictly just doing a news story on the game, who won, how they played, etc. In sports features like some of the ones that we have read for this prompt, I don’t necessarily think that you have to know everything about the sport. When doing features, you are focusing more on that person rather than the sport.