Off the Jump: Why Sports Matter

by Isabella Monaco

Welcome to Off the Jump: Why Sports Matter – a journey in which four journalism students (Isabella Monaco, Daniella Lopez, Ilyas Hussein, and Bana Yirgalem) explore the question of ‘why sports matter.’ In this video series, we discuss the impact of sports beyond the playing field. Each episode delves into the power and passion sports inspire in each of our special guests, and how they have each built different careers surrounding their love of sport. We also challenged our guests’ sports knowledge through a series of games. Get ready to be inspired, uplifted, and reminded of the impactful role that sports play in shaping the human experience. Here’s Off the Jump!

Episode 1: Why Sports Matter w/Sheila Reid

In our inaugural episode, 4th year journalism student Isabella Monaco speaks to ex-Olympic athlete Sheila Reid. Sheila shares where her love for sports came from and some challenges she faced when competing in the Olympics.

Isabella Monaco interviews Sheila Reid

Episode 2: Why Sports Matter w/Tasala Tahir

In our second episode, 4th year journalism student Bana Yirgalem speaks to sports industry professional and contract lecturer at TMU, Tasala Tahir. Tasala speaks on the significant impact that basketball has had in her life from an early age, and how she was able to make a career out of her love for the sport.

Bana Yirgalem interviews Tasala Tahir

Episode 3: Why Sports Matter w/Libaan Osman

In our third and final episode, 4th year journalism student Ilyas Hussein speaks to Toronto Star digital producer Libaan Osman. Libaan shares how his experience at TMU has helped him in his professional career with the Toronto Star, and his Raptors knowledge is put to the test in a challenging trivia game.

Ilyas Hussein interviews Libaan Ossman

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