BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Sports were my first love in life. For the better half of my childhood, I aspired to be a sports reporter. While many sports reporters know exactly whom they want to be like and what they want to be known for, my desired destination has always been less clear. That’s likely because it was never solely about being on TV or interviewing star athletes. I know firsthand the power of sports. I grew up playing sports. My participation in athletics taught me how to face adversity, training me to never be a victim of a situation but rather to always be a fighter when pursuing goals.
Athletics teaches one lessons of perseverance, teamwork, determination and work ethic, all while instilling one with confidence, strength and courage. My dream as a sports reporter was and is to give back to something that has given me so much.
Every day that I come to work, I encounter athletes in Buffalo that display the great human spirit. Inspiration is all around but we as reporters are often caught up in position battles, injury statuses and the next opponent. Consequently we often fail to recognize athletes who are challenging their own supposed limitations and overcoming difficult struggles.
In this continuing segment, “Athletes 4 Inspiration”, I will show you that while adversity is rampant, so are people with the courage to persevere. I will bring to light the athletes in Buffalo who represent something far greater than the teams they play for, while giving you my personal interpretation of their story. My love for sports may have been the launching pad for my career but it’s my passion for people and the greatness that exists within every athlete that provides me with the fuel to continue to propel into the unknown.