Thank you for the opportunity

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, September 13, 2017

On Sept. 9, 2015, I decided to take on a new role. A role that took me to the side lines of various stadiums, inside of classrooms, nursing homes, board meetings, etc.

The role allowed me to meet with a wide spectrum of people of different ages and backgrounds. It was a role that took me to some places where, to be honest, I would normally have no business being at. But that’s part of the excitement of the role. It’s not normal.

This Thursday will be my last day in my role as sports editor for the newspaper, which puts me just over two years. I don’t regret ever taking up the post. I spent a lot of my time covering the youth, especially high schoolers in sports, and it’s been a joy watching the growth and maturation on display these couple years.

I’ve had the chance to meet and interview some really cool people, many of which I’m sure will go on to do some wonderful things in the future. Some of these people will never make the headlines. Nonetheless, their existence and work is worth a thousand words.

Some of the most memorable sporting events I’ve had the opportunity to cover is the Battle of Murder Creek. I got the chance to witness both schools hoist up the trophy on their home fields, both with mirrored images of exuberance. I had the opportunity to cover an iconic coaching milestone, interview a U.S. national champion, chat it up with a Crimson Tide favorite and cover the playoffs for numerous sports. It’s been worthwhile.

I’d like to thank all the people who ever helped me with stats, pictures or rosters. Specifically, I’d like to thank Heather Stone and Allison Terrell, who have been invaluable for Friday night football.

To all the coaches, players, administrators, teachers, etc., I thank you for your openness and time. I’d like to thank the publisher Stephanie Snodgrass, who two years ago believed in an inexperienced reporter enough to give him a shot at bringing you the local news.Patience is a virtue that tends to be overlooked these days. Thanks Stephanie for your patience and guidance through the years.

I’d like to thank the current staff and the ones who have moved on. It was a privilege to work alongside each and every one of you. Some weeks, it was a scrabble, but I’ll tell you it’s not easy putting out a paper, and we found a way to do it 52 times each year.

As my predecessor, Adam Robinson did for me, I’d like to help my successor, Travis Tessandori, make the transition into his new role as news and sports reporter. I have confidence he will thrive in carrying the torch to higher ground as I and the ones before me all aspired to do.

To my family and friends, I thank you for your endless support.

I’ve already fielded a few questions about my future. Working for the paper has allowed me to cope in some form with my own inner struggles. It’s been healing, even cathartic at times. I know in my heart it’s time to move on. To be honest I’m moving forward with faith. I don’t really know what’s next, but I’m at peace with what’s to come. I’m remaining proactive, and I’m sure to share my next chapter with you all when the time is right.

My past makes me, my present defines me, and my future knows me. I’m forever grateful for this experience. Until we cross paths again, it’s been my pleasure to serve you. God bless. Corey out.