Athletics story wins national writing contest

A story produced by the Longwood athletics communications office was chosen as a national winner of the Fred Stabley Jr. Writing Contest.

The contest, coordinated by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) organization, chose a story about a Longwood soccer player who started an afterschool program for underserved children as the winner of the “Story with Video” category.

Written by Chris Cook, assistant vice president for athletics communications, with an accompanying video produced by Gary Maiorano, the story highlights the work of Amelia McConnell ‘16, then a member of the women’s soccer team. She founded Beyond The Numbers, a student-run organization that provides tutoring and encouragement for local at-risk children between the ages of 8 and 18.

Longwood’s story was one of seven national winners in the annual contest, which fields submissions from athletics communications offices across the country.

Read the story and view the video.