A Lifelong Passion
Keith Reeher used to watch his uncles play hockey in a local park. Finally, they gave him a stick and some skates and let him have at it--and he's been in love ever since.
"The love for hockey came natural," he says.
But his passion for hockey was something that could not be stopped. After playing hockey throughout his youth, Reeher joined a local YMCA league to keep playing, as his high school did not have an ice hockey team. Once he went to college, Reeher decided to keep playing. In the fall of his freshman year, he and a group of his friends stumbled upon the Penn State Floor Hockey League and threw a team together.
Reeher has played in the league all three years he has spent at Penn State, but his involvement has grown. At first, he was just a player, but soon began to referee and is now the president of the league. As president, he is the head of any and all disciplinary action that needs to be taken and is in charge of getting the league to run smoothly, from getting all the members to sign participation forms, to collecting dues, to making the schedule.
While the extra workload can be a little much at times, Reeher does not care because his love for the sport knows no bounds and being able to play is the most important thing to him.
Besides playing hockey, Reeher is a big fan of the NHL, more specifically, the Pittsburgh Penguins. He describes some of his memories he has while growing up a fan in western Pennsylvania.
About the Contributors
2012 Graduate / Broadcast Journalism
I grew up in Springfield, Pennsylvania, about 15 minutes outside of Philadelphia. Growing up, my life revolved around sports. I played soccer and baseball from the time I could walk and am an avid hockey and football fan.
My love for sports and easy-going personality made me decide to enroll in the College of Communications and pursue a career in sports journalism.
I have had the opportunity to intern for a news station, WMGM-NBC 40 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, under the sports director there. I learned what it was like to be the anchor for local sports and the day-to-day requirements that would come with the job.
Because of my love for sports, I enrolled in the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism just before my senior year and have been given the chance to write for sports and also learn about sports broadcasting. In the spring of 2012, I also took a sports broadcasting class in which I helped produce a sports show with my peers.
My hope is to get into the field of sports journalism so I can turn my passion of sports into a job that I will not only enjoy but be excited about.