More Than A Game...year two. I don't think when I started this column last year, I believed I would make it past the first few weeks, let alone an entire season and make it to a second year. As cheesy as it sounds, I feel incredibly lucky and grateful to have been welcomed into the Hillsborough county football community. This year, I really listened to the critiques I received about the project and have made an effort to find stories far removed from the field, that aren't even shot on Friday nights.
Having moved around so much the last two years, I haven't seen a community in a full year since I lived in Missouri. I'm so happy I have the opportunity to continue to build relationships with coaches, players, parents and fans in Tampa. It's nice new feeling to be remembered as "camera girl" when I visit old teams from last year and continue to meet new ones as I grow the column.
So far this year, I have jumped from 20ft branches on giant trees into rivers, read bedtime stories with coaches, witnessed surprise uniforms, heard referee speeches, and attended church services with a sledge hammer...and it's only week 5.