On Tuesday, July 29, ESPN NBA analyst Chris Broussard visited The Hill campus to speak to students from the New Jersey SEEDS Scholars program in the CFTA theatre. During his talk, Broussard stressed the importance of doing well in school while also being involved in extracurricular activities to learn important life lessons such as relating to others, teamwork, and leadership.
A 1990 graduate of Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, Broussard got his start as a writer by covering the college's men’s basketball team for the school newspaper. After beginning college as an economics major, Broussard stated that he endured a period of uneasiness in not knowing what he wanted to do after realizing that economics was not something he enjoyed. He turned to two of his passions, sports and writing, to find something he excelled at.
“I combined my passion for sports and my gift of writing and found something at which I excelled,” Broussard said. “Being involved in extracurricular activities, having good grades, and staying out of trouble allowed me to do what I wanted to do. If you continue to do well in school and pursue your gift, you will be able to choose what you want to do in life.”
After graduating from college, Broussard spent four years as a part-time high school sports writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He was denied a full-time position at the paper in 1994, but was hired at the Akron Beacon Journal later that year and became a beat writer for the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. Broussard joined the New York Times in 1998 and covered the New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, and general NBA news until moving on to ESPN in 2004 to write for ESPN the Magazine. While he ultimately ended up working for the most iconic sports network in the world, Broussard acknowledged his humble start as a writer and urged the audience not to discount small beginnings.
“Everyone wants to start at the top, but that just isn’t how it works,” Broussard said. “Don’t despise small beginnings. Instead, do the best job you can in your current situation. If you do your best, people will take notice and you will progress.”
Broussard concluded his visit by answering questions from the audience.