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Maine Site Director Sees Many Benefits of Writing for Student-Athletes

Publication: Maine Public Broadcasting Network
Date: June 1, 2016

Summary: English teacher and soccer coach Richard Kent, also the former director of the University of Maine Writing Project, sees improvements in both writing and on-field performance from student-athletes who keep activity journals. Kent, who is also a professor of literacy at the University of Maine, has written several guides for getting student-athletes to write, including Writing on the Bus and The Athlete's Workbook.


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Emily Keenan, a varsity tennis player who will graduate this year from Scarborough High School, has been writing about her performance at the prompting of assistant tennis coach Lincoln MacIssac, an English teacher at the school. Keenan says the experience is helping her to not only analyze her tennis strategies but also to become a better writer.

'Journaling, and trying to express an idea, express an argument, analyzing my own actions, the actions of my opponent — that definitely helps me in my English class now when I have to analyze different passages, the language of any speaker giving any speech,' she says. 'I think it will help me a lot and it will help me in the future."

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