Saturday, April 18, 2015

Inspirational sports pieces - on Nate Boyer, Francesca Weems & Lauren Hill

Some remarkable sports pieces lately included a story on a 34-year-old NFL prospect, one on a sportscaster who spent several years of her childhood homeless, and two pieces on college basketball player Lauren Hill who recently died from cancer.

The NFL story was by Peter King for Sports Illustrated with his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback featuring the story of Nate Boyer, a former Army Green Beret who then went to the University of Texas, walked on to the football team, earned a spot as the long snapper and now aspires to an NFL spot.

The second piece to note here was by by Dave Reardon for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser with "HNN's Weems is hungry for life" on Francesca Weems, a 29-year-old sports media employee of Hawaii News Now who along with her older brother Marcus was homeless for several years of her childhood. It's a really cool story made all the more interesting by the mentoring and friendship that was provided by Neil Everett, current ESPN Sportscenter anchor who worked at Hawaii Pacific University when he got to know Francesca and Marcus.

The final pieces to mention are about college basketball player and inspiration Lauren Hill with first a WKRC Cincinnati story on her passing the prior day that included a great 7 minute video feature and then a Fox Sports piece the day after her public memorial service.