Where The Ocean Holds The Sky: Personal Narratives By Our Students

Where The Ocean Holds The Sky: Personal Narratives By Our Students

By Kassandra Nevarez, Marketing and Communications Assistant

Our amazing academics staff is always looking for new ways to engage our student-athletes and get them excited about learning. Last summer, dedicated high school students joined us for a five-week program dubbed the “Summer Writing Corps”. During the five weeks, students would wake up early, head to practice then attend workshops about the writing process. To encourage their creativity, Fridays were dedicated to taking field trips around the city. Workshops covered everything the budding authors needed to know: how to brainstorm, outline, draft, peer review, use grammar appropriately, and let your voice shine through.


The goal? To write a personal narrative, publish it in a book and showcase it at a book launch for friends and family.

The Written Word: An Evening of Inspiring Student Voices

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The book launch took place at the Row New York office. Our rowers brought their friends and family to our “coffeehouse” (we had coffee, donuts, and music). The athletes shared their stories, which revolved around an object of great significance. After reading an excerpt from their story, they answered questions about the events depicted in the book. The stories were powerful and truly exemplified the intricacies of our student’s lives: their struggles, their triumphs, and their incredible determination to be better.


A huge thanks to 826NYC for making this book possible!