When it comes to high school sports reporter John Walk doesn’t mind being on the sidelines – especially if he has a laptop or smartphone in hand. Reporting on the feats of Lancaster County’s young athletes combines two passions he has had since his own high school days: sports and writing. Being a sports journalist for LNP is even more meaningful for Walk, since he grew up in Lancaster County. “I know this place, so I’m proud my work might shine a light on the great people that make Lancaster County what it is,” he says.
But sports reporting for Walk goes far beyond the scoreboard. He realizes there’s much more to the story than the number of three-pointers, the spectacular touchdown runs or the goals saved.
“It’s been a journey in eventually learning how much I enjoy telling the stories about student-athletes and the challenges they’ve overcome,” he says.
Like former Garden Spot lacrosse player Sayge Martin, who overcame a life-threatening eating disorder and hopes to inspire others to do the same. Or 21-year-old former Lampeter-Strasburg football standout Jason Lindsley, who found a new purpose in coaching as he battles a mysterious illness that has left him unable to walk.
“I feel privileged to be a messenger of those stories that I hope make a difference in this world, where others might read and be inspired to overcome whatever trial they’re facing,” Walk says, “because we’ve all got something we’re dealing with in life.”
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