I’m Andrew Roberts, a 15 year old high school freshman. I have been writing my blog, Boston Sports Mania for nearly 5 years. This blog is mainly for sports coverage but includes some other things about my life in sports. Most recently, I have began posting video posts in addition to written posts.
I have been a big sports fan, especially A Red Sox fan since I was 5. I was even a junior announcer for NESN at a Red Sox game in the 2009 season. My video of saying the lineup is on YouTube.
Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFPaYR9vZCo.
I hope to become a professional sports journalist as an adult, and many sportscasting experiences have come out of my work on this website.
Here are some of the experiences I have had:
- In February 2015, I watched a Bruins game from the press box and the Bruins featured my experience article (linked above) on their website
- In Summer 2015, Joe Sciacca gave me a private tour of the Boston Herald. He invited me back as an Extended Student Observer in 2017, and I was featured on Boston Herald Radio in 2018.
- In August 2016, my baseball research was featured on 98.5 the Sports Hub. In April 2017, Dan Alperin gave me an all-access tour of the 98.5 studio.
- In November 2017, Mike ‘Sarge’ Riley of 98.5 invited me for a private tour of WBZ.
- In Spring 2018, I received an honorable mention in the Will McDonough Writing Contest for my essay about the Boston Marathon bombings.
- In May 2018, I received a Shining Star award from the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.
- In Summer 2018, The Flutie Foundation named me the first Flutie Fellow.
- In July 2018, Bob Socci invited me to Patriots training camp as a member of the press.
- In August 2018, my PSA about APEX Entertainment’s partnership with the Flutie Foundation was featured on 98.5.
- This summer, I attended Sports Broadcasting camp for my 5th consecutive year.
- I have been reporting on the varsity football team and other varsity teams at my high school, Algonquin Regional.
At home, I really like to read, write and participate in fantasy sports (online fantasy and my own made up fantasy leagues). I follow the real MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and PGA in addition to NCAA Basketball, and play tennis, play baseball, and ski.
I was diagnosed with PDD/NOS when I was 2 and it was said I may never speak (I have since been re-diagnosed with Asperger’s). But thanks to my early interest in letters and numbers and help from the New England Center for Children, I can, and have made tons of progress since then.