Write on Sports launched its first camp in Goshen this week, welcoming 10 promising young journalists (five girls and five boys, all of whom will be entering seventh or eighth grades).
On Monday, the first day of camp, we began with team-building exercises, including one activity in which students and teachers talked about the history of their names. Before long, we were focused on the writing process.
Justin Gillette, a Goshen resident who is one of the most successful marathoners in the world (ranked fifth in total victories), and Anthony Anderson, the assistant sports editor at The Elkhart Truth, joined us on Tuesday. After Gillette and Anderson engaged in a mock interview, students had a chance to ask questions both in a formal, seated setting as well as in a simulated locker room setting.
Gillette came prepared to run as well as to answer questions. Everyone sampled GU Roctane, packets of “ultra endurance energy gel” in various flavors (cherry lime won out over lemon). The group then headed to the college’s outdoor track for a lap with Gillette. (See “Student Blog” for various accounts of the visit with our first two guests).
On Wednesday, we leave late morning for a visit at the University of Notre Dame, followed by an evening game featuring the South Bend Silverhawks. As always, students will have notebooks and questions at the ready.