From summer camper to sports writer…

Hey, Campers!

Did you know that more than 11 million people go to summer camp every year? That’s A LOT of folks! And since everybody and their mothers went to summer camp at some point, it’s not surprising to discover the loads upon loads of famous folks who were once summer campers just like you.
Mr. Gammons on ESPN's Baseball Tonight
It’s also not surprising to learn how many summer campers from back in the day have gone on to do fun, exciting work as successful, famous stars! There are some stars who achieve superstardom like Julia Roberts or Drew Brees and there are other famous people who are stars within their own field. Any sports fan, 25 or older, knows the name Peter Gammons.

Earning major awards in his field, Peter made a name for himself through his expert writing in baseball coverage. But before he became a big name sports writer, he attended summer camp at Camp Timanous in Maine.

An all-boys, overnight camp located 25 miles west of Portland on the shores of Panther Pond, Camp Timanous offers kids a fun summer stay at their magical New England setting where kids achieve a path toward self-confidence and self-reliance.

It certainly did Peter some good as he went on to attend an elite prep school and then to University of North Carolina. There he worked for the student newspaper as well as the student radio station. He began his career in journalism directly after his graduation in 1969 with The Boston Globe! And that was just the beginning!

As main journalist, covering the Boston Red Sox, Peter quickly took his claim to fame working alongside other legendary sports writers at The Boston Globe. He soon surpassed their fame, however, as he soon got work as a national baseball columnist as well. Stepping into the role of lead columnist for Sport Illustrated, he covered baseball, hockey, and college basketball.

By 1988, Peter joined the ranks of ESPN as a behind-the-scenes analyst, but come baseball season, he would appear on ‘Baseball Tonight’ and would frequently speak on ESPN radio. Voted the National Sportswriter of the Year in ’89, ’90, and ’93,

Get the most out of your summer camp stays and find out just how much good summer camp can do for you! As always, thanks for reading.

- John

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