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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Good Article that doesn’t Qualify

Here is well written article in the Quad City Times (Davenport, IA), entitled, “Strong men, stronger faith: Religion plays central role in many local athletes' lives .” Sports writer Nate Taylor draws readers with this opening stanza:
It is a Sunday afternoon and the Quad-Cities River Bandits are an hour away from game time.

Members of the St. Louis Cardinals’ Class A affiliate sit in the clubhouse and watch the parent club play the San Diego Padres.

Right-fielder Adron Chambers watches the clock turn 4 p.m., and walks into a hallway. Then, he walks back into the main locker room and alerts his teammates.

“Hey guys,” he says. “Come on. It’s time to meet.”
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I found the article to be interesting and timely with the Olympics running "24/7," baseball season in full swing, and football in pre-season. It clearly articulates a message on the importance of faith, especially in the lives of the athletes Taylor interviews.

Unfortunately, Taylor’s article doesn’t include identifiable scripture, which is essential for qualifying for the Amy Writing Awards. I am going to email and make sure he is aware of the Amy program and see if he has articles that do qualify.

Keep up the good sports writing, Nate!