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ESPN Selects Rising Star Bowie State Journalist for Rhoden Fellowship

August 15, 2019
Kevin Parrish Jr. to Write for ESPN’s The Undefeated


MEDIA CONTACT: Damita Chambers, dchambers@bowiestate.edu, 301-832-2628 mobile

(BOWIE, Md.) – An up-and-coming sports writer and Bowie State University student was named to ESPN’s Rhoden Fellowship – a one-year sports journalism internship program with ESPN’s The Undefeated that identifies and trains aspiring African American journalists from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Kevin Parrish in a radio studioKevin Parrish Jr., a junior majoring in communications, is one of six outstanding HBCU students selected by senior editors at The Undefeated – ESPN’s multiplatform focusing on the intersections of sports, race and culture – and former New York Times award-winning sports columnist Bill Rhoden. Fellows will work as freelance writers during the 2019-20 academic year, covering and reporting sports and general news at their respective universities. They also will create and produce weekly multimedia content, hosting and producing podcasts that address issues and topics affecting young people. In August 2019, the fellows work full-time at ESPN in New York City and at The Undefeated in Washington, DC.

“It’s a little surreal because it’s ESPN. That’s like the company that every kid wants to work for. It’s a blessing, and I am going to take advantage of the opportunity,” said Parrish. “I get to meet some of the best people in the business. It’s going to be fun.”

Already an accomplished sports writer, Parrish is looking forward to becoming a better reporter and meeting bigger-than-life ESPN journalists, like Stephen A. Smith, Marc J. Spears and Rachel Nichols, whose careers and work he admires. But Parrish is humble about his aspirations for the fellowship and career.

“I just want to be the best me I can be. I want to be successful in whatever field that I choose,” he said. "I believe I’ll achieve the most success being myself rather trying to mimic someone else."

He credits his Bowie State journalism professor, Dr. Karima Haynes, and BSU sports information director Greg Goings for helping him to grow as a journalist and land the Rhoden Fellowship. “My support system at Bowie State has made me into a better person and writer. I’m looking forward to learning a lot more from Professor Haynes next semester.”

For Parrish, the Rhoden Fellowship is just another impressive achievement in his budding career – which started in his freshman year in college. He has been a contributor for USA Today’s NBA coverage for about two years. He has also covered the Washington Wizards for SBNation.com. He started his career freelancing for online sports sites, like FanSided.com, FadeAwayWorld.com and NBALead.com, and used his ability to network to garner more high-profile jobs.

His interest in journalism grew out of his passion for sports. “In high school, like a lot of people, I wanted to go to the NBA. But reality hit. In freshman year in college, I was thinking of what I wanted to do. I always had an interest in sports, so I got the urge to just start writing about it.”

His faith has kept him grounded, even as he continues to expand his already extensive sports journalism portfolio. “I want to be a role model for the next generation. I’m excited about my future and what God has in store for me and this university. I’m looking to show that being a student at Bowie State, you can do great things. That’s one thing I’m looking to accomplish, and I think I’m on a good path to do that.”

 

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