Something really cool is happening in my neck of the woods this week and again during a second week later in the summer: a camp dedicated to sports writing. Rhode Island Write On Sports uses sports as a hook to develop writing and communication skills in middle schoolers who are deemed to be “at risk.” Launched in 2014, the program began with 8 students and as of this summer has grown to 60 students. This summer’s sessions will take place at Bryant University and Providence College.
By strengthening communication, perceptual and intellectual proficiencies, the Rhode Island Write on Sports program provides a set of skills that can be applied to academic areas beyond sports writing. (From RI Write On Sports website)
Executive Director Steve Krasner (former sports writer for the Projo) and camper Carlos Hernandez stopped by The Rhode Show to talk about the purpose of the camp and how the writing process they work on over the summer boosts the kids’ confidence during the school year.
Carlos sums it up best:
Before I went to camp I really didn’t like writing at all.
I am hoping to swing by camp for a visit this year since I love to write too. I already have a copy of the book of student work they published last year currently sitting on my desk (it is pictured at the top of this post) and I am looking forward to reading the next one.
Have a great week at camp guys!