I wouldn't be a sports reporter had it not been for my sister Amy. A few years older than me, she dreamed of being a sports journalist as long as I can remember. She set the pace in our house, the example I followed growing up. I followed her to St. Bonaventure. I followed her to The Times Herald in Olean. I followed her to the St. Bonaventure men's basketball beat (seriously. From 1997-2004, that beat was the Moritz family business).
But while I bailed on newspapers in 2009 for academia, she's still living her dream every day at the Buffalo News, covering college sports and baseball. She's one of the most compassionate writers you'll ever read. But she's more than that. She transformed herself into an iron-distance triathlete (by the time you read this, she'll have run more today than you have all week). She's an advocate for women's sports and for an active lifestyle. She's also, and this has been scientifically proven, the coolest aunt in the whole-wide world (P<.00).
Tonight, our alma mater honors her by giving her the John Domino Award, it's highest honor it can give to a sports journalist. It's a part of the school's biennial Sports Symposium, which this year features Charles Pierce.
I'm honored to get the chance to watch her accept this award tonight.