DelVal’s Sports Information Director is recognized for excellence in feature writing

Jun 14, 2012

Matt Levy, Delaware Valley College’s sports information director and associate athletic director was recently honored for a story he wrote about the college’s men’s basketball team.

He was recognized by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) with a Fred S. Stabley Sr. Writing Award.

CoSIDA is an organization for athletics communications professionals in the U.S. and Canada.

The Fred S. Stabley Sr. Writing Contest highlights the work of College Sports Information Directors.

The contest selects national winners, as well as winners from eight districts.

Levy won the district story of the year in the General Feature category for District 2 and was one of the eight national finalists in the category.

District 2 includes: Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and District of Columbia.

This is the second time that he’s received a district story of the year award in the General Feature category.

The writing contest does not separate by NCAA classification so, Levy beat out competitors from all levels of the NCAA (Divisions I, II and III) in District 2.

Some of the other award categories were: athlete profile, coach/administrator profile, blog/interview and event coverage.

Entries were judged on everything from inventiveness to the ease with which the reader acquires information.

His winning story, “Men’s Basketball Ignites Campus with Magical Run to NCAAs,” was featured in the fall 2011 issue of Horizons, DelVal’s alumni magazine.

He opens the story with Coach Casey Stitzel cutting down the net after the conference championship.

“He was the last to approach the ladder standing underneath the home basket inside James Work Gymnasium. Most of the jam-packed crowd remained and had converged around the hoop to watch the last part of the intensely joyful celebration,” Levy’s story reads. “With everyone chanting his last name, head coach Casey Stitzel climbed the ladder, took the last snip of the net and held the twine high over his head…”