In partnership with Write on Sports and Goshen Community Schools, the Communication Department at Goshen College offers a camp for middle school students that teaches writing skills by harnessing their love for sports.
Byron Yake, a former national sports editor with Associated Press and a Goshen College graduate, started Write on Sports in New Jersey in 2005. The program includes an innovative curriculum through which hundreds of students in metro New Jersey have become excited about learning.
The Goshen camp, which runs from July 11 to 22 in 2016, was the first Write on Sports camp outside of New Jersey. Students learn the basic elements of good journalism and apply their knowledge to writing sports stories and creating videos during the camp. As part of the learning process, WOS introduces youth to professional journalists and athletes, whom they interview and then write about.
Field trips include a visit to Notre Dame University, a visit to WNDU Studies (NBC), and attendance at a South Bend Cubs game, where students have a chance to interview team members before the game.
The teaching staff includes certified teachers from Goshen Middle School and Goshen High School, assisted by Goshen College student interns.
Write on Sports, a non-profit, receives funding from individuals, foundations and corporations. It is tuition free. Goshen scholarships are made possible by the Elkhart County Community Foundation, the Maple Leaf Athletic Club, United Way of Elkhart County, the Windward Foundation and other donors.