Students Honored by Phila. Sports Writers Association

Philadelphia Sports Writing Association BanquetFive students were honored at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Banquet that took place on Monday night.

Among them were linebacker Tyler Matakevich and runner Blanca Fernandez, both student athletes for Temple.

There were also two students from the School of Media and Communications who received recognition for their achievements in sports journalism by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association (PSWA).

The PSWA awarded the Richie Ashburn Scholarship to Beccah Hendrickson and Zach Gelb at the 112th annual PSWA Banquet Monday night at Crowne Plaza.

Neither Hendrickson nor Gelb actually applied for the scholarship – the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Communications for Temple Athletics, Larry Dougherty, nominated them.

Beccah, a senior majoring in media studies and production and political science, has previously interned for Meet the Press Daily on MSNBC.  She currently works as production assistant at NBC10 Philadelphia.  Beccah also spends much of her time on TUTV original programming by anchoring for and producing shows such as We Make the Call and Temple Update.

“He just asked us to give him our resumes” said Hendrickson.  “A couple weeks later Zach and I both got letters in the mail that said we won the Richie Ashburn scholarship.”  Along with the scholarship award came an invitation to the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Banquet, an event honoring the accomplishments of sports journalists and athletes.

Both students felt excited and thankful for such an amazing honor.  “It’s nice to have people who you look up to, affirm that you actually have a future in this business,” stated Hendrickson. “And now I’m getting a scholarship from the Sports Writers Association, it’s a bunch of people I want to be when I grow up so them telling me to go chase my dreams as well is just an affirmation that I’m doing something, that actually has some merit.”

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