I was reading through our website while trying not to fall asleep during an absolutely captivating Introduction to Sociology class. While doing so, I realized that although Hank, Adam, and I have been writing for almost six months, and we don’t have a page that explains who we are and why we write for this website. So without further ado, here are some quick autobiographies from each of FTS’s writers, hopefully explaining why we write and create content for free. – DW
The Creation of FTS Sports:
This website is pretty much the result of a high school project that Adam, Hank, and I all worked on together. Similar to pretty much every high schooler in America, we all had a senior project. Each of us had to pick a topic, research it, and write ~6500 words about it over the course of the year. We all chose relatively different topics; I chose to research concussions in high school sports, Adam researched drug abuse in sports, and Hank researched the use of Big Data in business. About five months into our research, we all discovered a similar theme in our projects: we really enjoyed writing about sports. When our researched somehow morphed from researching the effects of concussions and drug abuse in sports into creating 7000-word NFL Mock Drafts for no particular reason, we realized that we wanted to publish our writing somewhere. School eventually reached the point where we’d be writing in nearly every class, so we decided to each chip in some money and buy our own WordPress URL. I think I can speak for all of us when I say that sportswriting is something that we all truly love, and FTS is the perfect creative outlet for us.
Hank Grzeszczak – Golf, NBA, NFL, NCAAM
Dylan has tasked me with writing about myself and my love for sports. Ever since I could remember, sports has always been a major focus in my life. Growing up I played the obvious sports, soccer, tee ball, and basketball. I am from Davidson, North Carolina, a super small town, and I hate typing this, but everyone who was involved with sports there new me. It was not just me, there was a select few of us around the same age, who were all above average in what sports we played, especially baseball. Around first or second grade I found my love for baseball and really got into it. Playing travel ball until about 8th grade when our team’s last tournament was the big one in Cooperstown. Baseball had burned me out and it was time to find something new. I always loved football, but more the stats/fantasy side of it, and I had no idea what to play.
Then I found golf, and I put pretty much everything into it. If I wasn’t at school, I was golfing, and when I was in school, my friends can testify, I was watching golf videos. I thought I wanted to play in college, and I got a few offers from D2 and D3 schools, but I wanted to play D1.
So today I find myself at Wofford College. And I’ve got a fantastic opportunity at my fingertips. I am a student manager for the basketball team. My end goal is coaching college basketball. I love it, its my true passion and happiness. I am studying Economics and Finance, but I plan to pursue a career in basketball. I’m a Carolina Panthers die hard fan, Milwaukee Brewers die hard fan, and Charlotte Hornets fan and Stephen Curry DIE HARD fan, and a Davidson basketball super fan.
Adam Simkowitz – MLB, MiLB, NFL, NBA
I’ll start this off by telling you a bit about myself. I’m from Charlotte, NC (Davidson to be exact) and I am currently studying business management at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. I’ve always loved sports, and as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that combining my love of sports with business is not as out of reach as one would think. Over the past few years I’ve found a couple really cool ways to be successful in a field in which I deeply enjoy.
Podcasting and sportswriting are two really fun ways to discuss my interests. Pairing with Dylan and Hank was a great opportunity because we all have our own areas of expertise. My personal areas of knowledge are the NFL, NBA, MLB and MiLB. Most recently, I have been focusing on baseball and it’s minor league teams. As part of my senior project I interned with the Hickory Crawdads, the Class-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. This really sparked my interest in baseball, minor league baseball in particular. Over this past summer, I attended well over 30 MiLB games ranging from Triple-A to Class-A. Getting to see MLB’s next superstars before they make it big is such a cool experience, and is not something that can be done with other sports. Going to minor league games is also a great opportunity to watch players in action and see their strengths/weaknesses in person. After college, my plan is to spend a year home and hopefully find an internship with a team in the Charlotte area. After that, I’d hope to work in the front office of an MLB organization, focusing on scouting or player development.
Dylan White – NFL, NBA, NCAAM, NCAAF
I don’t really know how to begin this. I guess I’ll start with who I am. I’m a sophomore at Clemson University, majoring in Economics and Athletic Leadership. I’m from Charlotte, North Carolina, but I’ve spent time in Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland. I’m a die-hard Steelers fan, Clemson football fan, and Lebron James fan. Total bandwagon fan, but these are the teams that five-year-old me picked; so take it up with him. Other than those things, the best things in the world to me are rock music, Brooklyn South pizza (look it up), and my favorite sports; which are basketball and football. This explains why I’m mainly writing about basketball and football for FTS.
I’ve been writing about football off-and-on since 2015; writing for my school blog, a failed website, and a really crappy podcast called Da Sauce Bros. I discovered my love for sportswriting in the fourth grade after my dad took me to see the Steelers secure ring #6 at Super Bowl XLIII. For the final four months of school, I could only think and write about what was the greatest experience of my life. If you looked through my English journal from that year, it would simply be 70 dramatic retellings of Santonio Holmes’s game-winning catch, or James Harrison’s 100 yard pick-six. My love for football and all other sports is undying, at all times I am either watching, writing, playing, or thinking about sports. Sportswriting is something that I want to do for the rest of my life in some way, shape or form. I probably sound like a total hardo talking about how much I love sports, but when you find something that you fall in love with, you just can’t let it go. My dream is to become a professional sportswriter, or to somehow end up working for an NBA team in some way .