By Nick Hartman:
How do I describe 2013? Simple, blessed. 2013 was probably the best year yet, I had so many great experiences and fun times with my family, friends and colleagues. I learned so many lessons and furthered my development and future for journalism, possibly better than the last two years. This post is going to look back at my year and the awesomeness that came of it.
First, the Missouri Mavericks. In 2013, I figured out how much I love hockey, and I love the Mavericks organization. I met so many great people in 2013 who have had a major impact on both my life and journalism. Bill Althaus helped me again this year by taking me under his wing and teaching me many awesome things about journalism. Joe Rozycki, aka Sin Bin, and Bob Rennison have become amazing colleagues and I have learned a lot from the both of them. Jeremiah Griffith, John Howe and Daniel Russell also were kind enough to let me use their respected photos throughout the year which I highly appreciated. And of course the Mavericks front office for giving me the opportunity to write for them and credential me.
Everyone in the Mavericks organization were very kind and accepting when I came in and supported me throughout the year but there was one person in the organization who stood out. Andrew Johnson alias Mac. We met in February and he has become one of my best friends. He has helped in countless ways. He has made me laugh, made me spend time in thought and has been a very positive influence. Words can’t describe the impact Andrew has had on me. It’s amazing how one person can have such a big impact on your life and that’s exactly what Mac has done.
Second, the Kansas City Shock. I found out about this team, the WPSL team of Kansas City, through twitter. Yes, social media can take you a long way. I wrote a ton of articles on them from the start and ended up getting an “internship” with them. The Kansas City Shock improved everything from my social media skills to photography skills. I really enjoyed my time with them this summer and was “promoted” to Media Assistant following the end of the season. Owner, Shawn Daugherty and media director, Haley Rose helped me through a lot and challenged me to do more. I really enjoyed working with them and I’m excited to return.
Third, Sporting Kansas City. Even though my time was short, I still appreciate all they helped me with and the connections I made out at Sporting Park. These connections will stick with me for a very long time and I’m very happy I was able to get my foot in the door and my start at Sporting KC.
Finally, The Smithville Herald as well as high school broadcasting. When I started my freshman year in August, I had two things planned: to start writing for the Smithville Herald and get a weekly broadcast going at the school. I can proudly say that I have put a check-mark next to both of those and can’t wait to see what 2014 has to offer for me at the Herald and Broadcast.
God was good in 2013 and I am so thankful for the awesome family members that I have that were by my side throughout the year, supporting, encouraging and helping. Thank you Mom for editing all of my articles. Thank you Dad for the Macbook Air. Thank you to my big brother for all the transportation you have given me and thank you to my little brother for always being an encouraging person.
Thank you to all my friends that I have made and have been with me supporting and encouraging and thank you to the people who “put-me down” for giving me an inspiration to get further in life. I would like to personally thank Will Hampshire, Jordan Abbiatti, Kayla Hicks, Liz Fish, and the rest of the Filly Spirt squad for all the fun times at the Mavericks and outside the Mavs. Wendy Loque and the Shock team for such a great time on the trips and on the field. But most of all I want to thank God. I’m constantly reminded that the people we meet and things we do all have a reason behind them and I am thankful for Him opening all these doors for me.
I hope that you had a great 2013 and an even better 2014. Happy New Year and thanks for reading!