I can’t wait to satisfy you. My identify is Jeremiah Lee Kirven, however I’m going by J.L. for brief. And because the new highschool sports activities reporter at The Courier Journal, I’m sure to put in writing tons of articles over the following few weeks, months and even years. However for my first byline with the CJ, I needed to put in writing a letter.
A letter addressed not solely to the proud folks of Louisville, but in addition to the allies that helped me discover the Gateway to the South.
I’m initially from Ohio, Columbus to be precise. My mother’s from Cleveland, and my dad’s aspect of the household comes from South Carolina. Rising up, the one occasions I visited Kentucky was when journeys to Kings Island was visits to the Newport Aquarium.
However in a means, I’ve felt like Louisville and I’ve been on a collision course, and I’m thrilled that point is now … properly, quickly. I’m distant for the primary two weeks earlier than I finally cool down in Outdated Louisville, or maybe the Highlands … options on that, meals and story concepts could be despatched to firstname.lastname@example.org *wink, wink, shoulder shrug*
Should you’re asking your self, “did he simply put a promo in his personal letter/column?” Effectively, the reply could be sure. Sure, I did. Should you haven’t seen but, I love to do issues just a little in another way. I discuss sports activities like I’m within the barbershop. A spot that, regardless of my locs, I nonetheless go to generally — albeit not usually sufficient. I’ll take options on that as properly.
My ardour, nonetheless, is characteristic writing. It takes a group to boost a star quarterback or state championship-winning level guard and I do know that the gifted children popping out of the world are greater than their stats and highlights. They’re sons, daughters, college students, activists, artists and the leaders of tomorrow. These tales should be instructed. And I hope you’ll belief me to inform them.
I could also be a child recent out of school, however I’ll occur to let you already know that I’ve 15 years of expertise within the newspaper business. It’s simply not as conventional as you’ll count on.
My first job was in print. Besides I didn’t write it, I delivered it … practically each Sunday with my dad from fourth grade to my sophomore 12 months in school. Rain, snow, late vehicles, flat tires, sick, sleepy it didn’t matter. The group wanted the paper.
And over time, the odor of the newsprint grew to become like espresso to me. Regardless of the twisted ankles, offended canine and sore shoulders over time, I wouldn’t have traded that point with my dad for something on the planet.
I discovered extra classes on that paper route than I can presumably depend. Certainly one of my favorites was to learn the newspaper. On the finish of each shift, there was an additional paper for him and shortly sufficient for me as properly. It was then after I first developed my love for storytelling and a reliable byline.
I nonetheless keep in mind the primary time I noticed mine. It was January 17, 2017, and I used to be protecting a highschool basketball sport in Nelsonville, Ohio. Not one of the gamers had multi-million-dollar contracts, sneaker offers and even star rankings.
It was among the finest video games I ever noticed.
“Buckeyes Outlast Liberty Union in Time beyond regulation Thriller,” my headline learn. I couldn’t imagine my first sport went into double time beyond regulation. I’ve been hooked on preps ever since.
Within the years following, I’ve helped cowl highschool sports activities in Detroit, Cincinnati and Indianapolis. And whereas all three of these cities had their very own taste, the fervour within the gamers was simply the identical.
I do know that can be true in Louisville. 12 months out and in, children from this metropolis win state championships, journey the world and signify their neighborhoods proudly. I’m going to be on that journey jotting down historical past alongside the way in which.
I hope someday you’ll belief my identify the identical means you’ve discovered to belief Jason Frakes, Dominique Yates, Jon Hale, Shannon Russell and the remainder of the fantastic sports activities workers at The CJ over time. I plan to be taught from them and from you, the readers, about one of the simplest ways I can serve on this position.
I’m a younger pup, however I’m hungry, and I am wanting to get after it. Soccer season’s across the nook, volleyball nets are up, and fall is on the way in which. Faculty’s nearly in session, and I’ve lots of homework forward of me.
However over the following few weeks, I am wanting ahead to attending to know as many individuals as I can, and I hope you will all be with me as I assist launch the Courier Journal’s new high school sports newsletter.
Once more, I am very a lot wanting ahead to telling the tales of the world’s athletes. I am unable to wait to name Louisville residence. And I do know someday you will belief the identify.
Observe Courier Journal reporter J.L. Kirven on Twitter @JL_Kirven for extra updates on Louisville prep sports activities.