Student at Cleveland's University School to Receive Local Emmy Award for Creating TV Sports Network

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Teen turns passion for broadcasting into school sports network and receives $2000 scholarship from National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Student also steps up to plate as student reporter for The Cleveland Indians.

University School in Cleveland, Ohio

University School student Robert Sherman hosting USPN

We even covered events at Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field where the Indians play.

University School senior Robert Sherman has been selected to receive a $2000 scholarship from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Lower Great Lakes Chapter, for creating a sports television network at the school. Robert will receive the award at the 45th Annual Regional Emmy® Awards ceremony on Saturday, June 7, at the Cleveland Convention Center.

The regional chapter annually awards a scholarship to a current high school senior who plans to attend a four-year college and pursue a career in the television industry. Robert competed against high school students from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana. He was the only high school student selected for the award.

Robert will attend DePauw University in the fall.

The Internet TV station, called USPN (University Sports Programming Network) broadcasts school sports games. Robert serves as the host, play-by-play announcer, and producer of the program. Here's a link to see excerpts of USPN.

Robert, 18, decided to create a sports network after experimenting with tape recorders and sitting in the corner of the bleachers last year to hone his craft.

“Other schools have professional programs and I wanted University School to have one as well,” he said. “I set out to build a network with the intention of broadcasting about eight to ten games. Ultimately, we exceeded that goal, broadcasting 17 football, basketball, baseball and lacrosse games. We even covered events at Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field.”

Robert’s passion for sports journalism got another jolt when he recently stepped up to the plate as one of 25 Cleveland area high school students to be a “Reporter for a Day” for The Cleveland Indians. Robert observed Manager Terry Francona’s daily media briefing, interviewed Cleveland Indians players Justin Masterson and Scott Atchison, and met The Plain Dealer’s beat reporter Paul Hoynes.

You could say it was a dream come true.

“I was so excited to have the opportunity to actually experience being a sports reporter,” said Robert, “especially with a team that I have loved and followed all of my life.”

Robert said the experience gave him additional sports broadcasting skills and confirmed how important it is to learn how to be a good interviewer.

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