Not Throwing Away My . . . Shot

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By Rod Short

In the Grammy award winning Broadway play Hamilton, young Alexander raps about being young, scrappy and hungry. Realizing his opportunity to overcome his circumstances, he seizes his shot to be something more than what others thought he could be

That led me to think about how others see sports as their opportunity to rise up as well. It then carried over to the sudden realization about how broad the scope is of sports in Bedford County, VA is as well

High school sports such as football and basketball are the biggest attention magnets of course, but that’s just scratching the surface. Cross country, wrestling, swimming, track and others have quickly filled my calendar with something scheduled literally every single day on into the weekends

Keeping up with those on the state and national scene that have ties to Bedford county adds to what is seeming to be a daunting task, too.

Throw in the different youth athletic associations, local summer leagues, hunting & fishing news and motorsports and, well, I think you can see the direction in which I’m going.

There’s are a lot of stories to tell!

Sports is more than just scores, however. The struggle to achieve and overcome are compelling narratives as well. Behind every victory are many who contributed to the cause in relative obscurity. Behind every loss are lessons that can be stepping stones to success.

That’s a big part about why I’m excited to be a part of the Bedford Bulletin. We’re here to share that story through the lens of competitive sports. Community papers such as this do a lot to fill that role that, frankly, the Internet and big city papers just can’t.

Of course, sports aren’t the only road that a competitive spirit may travel. Academics and the arts all provide stages for achievement as well. There are a lot of people, young and old, who stand ready to not throw away their shot.

The play Hamilton closes with, “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?”

It may be just a chapter in an adventure that will someday end, but we will try to do just that!


Got news? Send it to Rod Short at Sports@BedfordBulletin.com!