Behind the clipboard by Cole del Charco

kelsey weekman
Oct 24, 2016 · 1 min read

Cole writes things and talks about them. He’s watched every Cubs game of the postseason so far and is still singing, “Go Cubs Go” after their win last night. Check out his audio series here.

All my life I’ve loved sports, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized not everyone shares this passion. In fact, a lot of people hate sports and think that writing about them isn’t worthwhile. I couldn’t disagree more.

Sports aren’t pointless. Sports aren’t all brawn and no brains. Sports aren’t just a bunch of sweaty people running around a field. Sports reflect culture and give us a deeper look into the humanity we all share.

Why do people bond over their hometown team? I think it’s the idea that you belong. When we pick a team, we’re choosing to partake in their failures and successes. It’s like we’re choosing a family.

Something I’ve always been interested in is this: what makes someone love a sport enough to devote their life to it? This fall, I started an audio feature series to find out. The first episode is on a diving coach who dove in the Olympics. He’s methodical and builds his divers step-by-step, because he’s an architect.

People who play and coach sports have more going on than their performance on the field, and I think when we start exploring that, we start understanding the part of sports that matters.


This is a part of the Kelsaywhat Weekly newsletter guest writer series. Find out more about that here.

kelsey weekman

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writer of the great american listicle