A Dream Come True in an Unexpected Way
By Zachary Ringer
Many students grow up aspiring to become professional athletes. This was the case with Nathaniel Marrero, who had a childhood dream of becoming a professional baseball player. This dream changed on May 16, 2013 when his mother was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer while he was in high school. At that moment his priorities had to change, and his plans for a professional career in baseball had to end.
While Marrero could no longer play baseball or any other sport, an unexpected opportunity surfaced while he was at Ocoee High School that would link him back in. Marrero joined a Journalism class. He said, “All I wanted to do was play sports, but once I realized that it wasn’t going to work out, I wanted to figure out a different way to get into it.” His love for sports became an asset for the Journalism staff who work on the O.H.S. yearbook, The Chronicle.
While on the yearbook staff, Marrero provided coverage for sports such as football, baseball, and basketball. He wrote copy and took photographs. By the time he was a senior, he had worked as a photo editor and a section editor.
His high school journalistic experiences eventually led Marrero to get noticed by the local newspaper, The West Orange Observer. He became a Freelancer for them and it gave him the opportunity to cover local sports events and report about them. Marrero is currently a student at Valencia College and works for their publication called the “Valencia Voice. This allows him to cover sports events for the University of Central Florida and the Orlando Magic. Lastly, he also works for the Winter Haven Sun.
When asked about his future, Marrero said, “I’d love to work for ESPN or become a Beat Writer for a team… I just love what I do and I want to end up doing something that I enjoy.” Marrero may not have been able to become a professional sports athlete, but he has already been able to participate and contribute to the sports industry with his journalistic talents. His dream became true in an unexpected way.