Annual CoSIDA Writing Contest Honors Two at NESCAC Institutions

HADLEY, Mass. – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced today the results from the 2005 Fred S. Stabley Sr. Writing Contest with two NESCAC sports information directors receiving recognition from the organization.  Amherst's Kevin Graber and former Bates SID Aaron Todd were honored by their peers for their written work during the 2004-05 academic year.

Graber, who was promoted in the fall of 2005 to the director of alumni and parent relations at Amherst, earned a total of five accolades from CoSIDA, including the National Story of the Year for his piece on Amherst Men's Lacrosse player Raul Altreche '06 entitled "From Tragedy to Triumph".  The piece details the inspirational story of Altreche overcoming adversity in all aspects of his life.  Graber's account of Altreche's life also received top honors in the Athlete Profile category at the national level (see below for a link to the article).

Three of Graber's works placed in CoSIDA District I, which includes all of New England and New York.  "From Tragedy to Triumph" came away in first place in the Athlete Profile category, and was followed in second place by another Graber original called "From Hitting the Slopes to Frozen Ropes".  "Frozen Ropes" details Amherst's Zach Schonberger '06 evolution from an exceptionally-skilled skier to a NESCAC All-Conference shortstop.  Graber also earned top honors in the General Feature entry in District I with his ode to Jared Banner's triple in the bottom of the 10th inning of the final game of the NESCAC Baseball Championship on May 15, 2005, titled "Banner's Mad Dash Commemorated in Verse".  The poem details Banner's trip around the basepads, which earned the Jeffs the 2005 NESCAC Baseball crown.

Todd was recognized at both the District I level and the National level in the Coach/Administrator Profile category for his piece titled "Well-Taylored".  The feature was a spotlight on Bates equipment manager Jim Taylor and his assistant Dave Haefele and their interaction with the student-athletes at Bates.  The story received first place recognition at the District I level and placed second at the National level.  Todd left Bates in January of 2005 for Merrimack College in Andover, Mass., after a 18-month stint as the SID for the Bobcats.

CoSIDA was founded in 1957 and has a membership of over 1,800 members in the United States and Canada. The association is designed to help the SID at all levels. CoSIDA sponsors a variety of brochure and program contests for its members. Every SID at every level, and in most sports, has an opportunity to receive recognition for his or her work.  And it is no small honor to win an award since the judging is done by news media and magazine personnel who utilize those brochures and publications in their work. There is also an annual writing contest that recognizes this important area of the sports information profession.