The Bleacher Boys of Tenafly
THE BLEACHER BOYS RUN A SPORTS BLOG BY KIDS FOR KIDS
The only thing I like as much as playing sports is talking sports, and when my friends and I are together that’s what we love to do. Last year when we were all in second grade, my four friends and I were arguing about the NBA finals. One of our moms said we should start a blog one day so we could write about our opinions instead of screaming. We all decided we didn’t want to wait – we wanted to do it now! We thought about a name while our parents helped put the blog together, and that’s how the Bleacher Boys got started. We launched our blog in September 2016 and since then it’s grown so much and taken us on so many adventures. I really feel like a journalist.
I feel really lucky to be a part of this sports blog. One of my favorite parts of being a Bleacher Boy is writing articles. We each post a new article every week about a sports topic we’re excited about. We can cover current sporting events, like the World Series or college and pro games or even a big rivalry matchup. Other times we can write about things like safety in kids’ sports or why kids like wearing professional sports jerseys. It’s all up to us! We even do an Athlete of the Week post every week for kids who had great sports moments. It’s really cool to be a writer and even though we’re only 8-years-old we know one day we could be real sports journalists like the ones we hear and see on TV.
One of the cool things we do for the blog is Fast Five Interviews. These are five-question interviews with people in sports. Some of the people we have interviewed are sportscasters Tracy Wolfson and Kenny Albert, former New York Jet Bruce Harper, sports writer Bob Klapisch and former New York Knick Allan Houston. It’s so exciting to land a new interview. Sometimes our moms help us reach out and sometimes people contact us, like for our interview with New York Red Bull Connor Lade. To prepare, we do research to come up with interesting questions and then we practice so we are ready. Everyone we’ve interviewed has been so nice to take time out of their busy schedules for us. Each interview ends the same: “The clock has run down. Bleacher Boys out!” usually followed by a high five. We love doing the interviews and can’t wait for more.
We’ve all had so much fun with the Bleacher Boys and are learning really cool things. People have been so generous by giving us their time and offering us amazing opportunities. One of the super cool things we got to do was go to a Red Bulls game and tour the stadium and field. After the game we were invited to sit in on a real press conference. That was so cool! And then, The Bleacher Boys got to do a Fast Five Interview with a Red Bulls star. We also went to the Westchester Knicks game where we got to be ball boys, warm up on the court with the players and interview the team’s general manager. When we came up with the idea for the blog we never dreamed it would get this big. It’s been so exciting but we aren’t stopping here.
Even though our blog has gotten a lot bigger than we ever thought it would, there are still so many topics we want to write about and sports figures we hope to interview. I hope everyone keeps reading our blog and visiting our Facebook page to see what we’re covering. We also want to start working with some charities so that The Bleacher Boys can help people as we grow. We’re working on ideas for that now too. There are lots of great sporting events coming up, like the Super Bowl and March Madness and we’ll definitely be reporting on all of it. We’ll keep working really hard so we can keep bringing kids great sports reports from a kid’s perspective. And we want to show kids that we don’t have to wait until we’re bigger to start being writers and reporters. We can do anything we put our minds to. Stay tuned for lots of great things ahead!
THE BLEACHER BOYS (from left) David Casty, Coby Cohen, Jonas Goldschneider, Adin Goldschneider and Jesse Damashek.