- Public Schools of the Tarrytowns
Sleepy Hollow Athletes Chosen For Bruce Beck Camp:
Sleepy Hollow High School senior Grace Hille can’t imagine her life without sports. She is a cheerleader and lacrosse player and this summer she will have the opportunity of a lifetime - learning how to become a sports broadcaster. “I am really excited to actually get into the field and be in a professional setting,” said Hillle who received a scholarship to attend the Bruce Beck NBC Sports Broadcasting Camp in July.
Her classmate Sara Clarke was selected to work as an intern in the program. “I am not one to be on camera,” said Clarke. “I am interested in working behind the scenes and this will be a wonderful opportunity for me to learn about sports management.” Clarke plays tennis, lacrosse and basketball. She currently is interning in the SHHS Athletic Office under Director, Denise Kiernan.
The week-long camp, in its third year, has found a new home at Iona College where participants will work directly with NBC Sportscaster Bruce Beck and several guest lecturers including Gary Apple - SNY-TV, Scott Braun - MLB Network, Mike Breen - ABC, ESPN & MSG Network and Ian Eagle - CBS Sports, Turner Sports & Yes Network.
“The camp is an opportunity to learn all the nuances about sports broadcasting, to conduct interviews, act as anchors, reporters and debate concepts,” said Beck. “We give the students hands-on-experience. No one wants to sit all day in lectures.”
In addition to the technical aspects of the job, Beck wants the students to learn life skills like treating others with respect, shaking hands and looking each other in the eyes. “It is not just about broadcasting but learning how to comport oneself and having fun while doing it.”
Students like Hille who have some experience in public speaking, she is a member of SHHS’s Digital News Team, will spend a day at Met Life stadium and visit the press box, locker rooms and press room. They will experience what happens on game day.
Hille will attend Indiana University in the fall where she will study sports broadcasting and Clarke will be enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kiernan is proud of both students for their commitment to sports and education. “It is gratifying to see two strong female athletes achieve this success. This summer will open up a world of new experiences for them.”