I’m Andrew Roberts, a 18 year old class of 2026 Park Scholar at Ithaca College and Flutie Fellow for the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. I have been writing my blog, Boston Sports Mania since 2014. This blog is mainly for sports coverage but includes some other things about my life as it relates to sports. In 2017, I began posting video posts (vlogs) in addition to written posts (blogs).
I have been a big sports fan, especially a Red Sox fan since I was 5. I was even a junior announcer for NESN at a Red Sox game in the 2009 season. My video of saying the lineup is on YouTube. The same year, I said Play Ball at Fenway to start the game.
I hope to become a professional sports journalist once I graduate college, but my many sportscasting experiences to date and my work on this website have given me a great start.
Some of my experiences I am most proud of include
- Special Olympics USA Games live in Orlando in 2022
- Feature on For the Fans Network in 2021
- John P. Garrahan Leadership in Diversity Award Speech in 2021
- Gonk Knocks Football Night Charity Event at Apex Entertainment in 2019
- NECC Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 2019
- WCVB A Plus featured student in 2019
- Keynote Speech at the World Trade Center in Boston in 2019
- SportsHub PSA Broadcast in 2018
- Featured story on me in the Boston Herald in 2019
- 2019 Writing Contest column published in Boston Herald
- 2018 Will McDonough Sports writing contest winning essay on Boston Strong
- Interviewing Doug Flutie at the Night to Shine Gala in 2019
- Outtakes with emphasis on Boston Sports Legends and Boston Sports Media
- NECC Alumnus of the Year 2019 and Speaker at the NECC Children of Promise Gala
- Gonk Knocks S1 E2 — Raising the Bar — 2018-08-18 — Day 2 Practice covering varsity football in 2018
- Complete Recap – 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Golf Tournament for my first assignment as a Flutie Fellow live in Seattle in 2018
- Featured on Boston Herald Radio in 2018
- Melican Graduation Speech on 2018-06-25
- Patriots training camp as a member of the press in 2018
- Received a Shining Star award from the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism in 2018
- Baseball research was featured on 98.5 the Sports Hub in 2016
- Bruins press member for a day in 2015
- My LinkedIn Profile which highlights the above and much more
Outside of this blog, I really like watching and talking about sports as well as playing fantasy sports. I follow the MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and NCAA, and play tennis and ski.
I was diagnosed with PDD/NOS when I was 2 and doctors said I may never speak (I have since been re-diagnosed with Asperger’s). But thanks to my early interest in letters and numbers and help from the New England Center for Children (NECC.org), I began talking and reading by age 3 and have continued to make progress ever since. I’m an aspiring sports journalist who just happens to be autistic.