When I was playing college basketball, one thing my coach talked a lot about was "staying connected to the game." By that, he meant that the experience was a stepping stone for all of us, whether that meant a future in professional basketball, coaching, broadcasting, or a whole host of other sports related activities.
Prior to college, I really hadn't been exposed to many career paths. I could sit here and point fingers at my high school guidance counselor or teachers, but honestly, they were passing on what they knew.
One of the goals of this site to create exposure to new ideas. We often look at the "best" books in certain categories, explore the nuances of certain sports, or highlight athlete accomplishments. One thing we've done very little of to date is explore sports careers. And by careers, I mean taking a deep dive at how non-athletes stay connected to the game.
Today, I want to focus on a path that's always intrigued me but that I've had little exposure to. By the end of this article, hopefully you and I both will have learned a thing or two about sports photography, while gaining an appreciation for some of the best in the business.
John Willkom is the author of Amazon best-selling basketball books: Walk-On Warrior and No Fear In The Arena. John is an avid reader, sports fan, and father to two incredible little girls.
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