Awesome Sports Contest Winners 2019

Awesome Sports Contest Winners 2019


We are excited to announce the adult and youth winners of the Awesome Sports Writing Contest of 2019 . Our winners have so many different stories, different sports, different experiences to share, and we can't wait to publish them. Congratulations, winners! Look out for their essays on the Awesome Sports Project in the coming weeks.  

Adult Category

WINNER ($300):

Dames at Bat by Mary McFadden

“The writer offers up a hilarious and heartfelt rundown of her ragtag softball team that despite the smoking and lack of talents won big when it came to camaraderie and character." – Annick Lamar

RUNNER-UP ($50):

Whose Rights? by Inma Zanoguera

“This is a thoughtful and timely rumination on race, athletic institutions, and the right—or obligation—of pro athletes to take a political stand, or in some cases, a knee.” - Kim Cross


The Year I Could Not Run by Margreet Dietz

“Unfolding moment by moment, this story reveals the invisible race—the internal body-mind battle that occurs in the mind of a runner over the course of a major race.” - Kim Cross

Youth Category (20 & Under)

WINNER ($150)

Opportunity of a Lifetime by Abby Sirois

“As this writer walks us through her first interactions with professional athletes, she brought me back to my youth and the first time I witnessed the seemingly superhero like strength of women basketball players and the strong memories from come from those early opportunities.” – Annick


Triple Impact Competitor by Myana Calloway

“A young athlete's manifesto, this essay is a great reflection on positive attitude and commitment to one's team, one's sport, and oneself.” - Kim

Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest, and start writing again for next year. In addition, we wanted to thank our 2019 Judges for their tireless work on the submissions: Annick Lamar, Kim Cross, and Sue Favor.

This contest was made possible by the generous donation of our readers and supporters through our GoFundMe campaign. Please donate to make our 2020 contest possible!

-Awesome Sports Project Editorial Team

Triple Impact Competitor

Triple Impact Competitor

We Before Me

We Before Me