WEST ORANGE, NJ – New York Giants tackle Adam Bisnowaty paid a visit to students in the “Write on Sports” (WOS) after-school program at Edison Middle School (EMS) last week to help students hone their writing and interviewing skills. He was joined by sportswriter Matt Stanmyre from NJ Advance Media.
The WOS program began in 2006 with Byron Yake, a retired sportswriter, who wanted to help middle school students improve their writing and literacy skills via sports writing. Students are recommended to the two-week summer camp by their teachers, and there is no cost to attend.
Yake was present at the event along with EMS teacher Jennifer Blume and WOS staff Andy Beutel and Shannon Schmitt.
Through the interview, the students learned that Bisnowaty is 24 years old and was hired by the Giants in 2017 as tackle and made his debut on Dec. 31, 2017. Growing up, he liked baseball and wrestling more than football, but by the time he was in eighth grade, he weighed 245 pounds and football became the obvious choice. He grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, and played for the Pittsburgh Panthers in college.
Stanmyre began by explaining his approach to interviewing, which includes researching the person prior to meeting with them. He also told students that he liked to ask questions that would set his interview apart from others and bring out new facts.
For his part, Bisnowaty told the fledgling writers what he does and does not enjoy about interviews.
“I don’t like to get the same questions over and over from reporters, and I don’t like it when they have the wrong information,” he said. “I want an interview to be something where people get to know me.”
Bisnowaty shared about his love for animals, specifically his own Saint Bernard and Corgi, and about his Jewish faith. He is currently the only Jewish player on the Giants.
“I like questions I can answer,” said Bisnowaty. “Don’t ask me about Eli Manning or who should be the quarterback.”
Students were also able to ask their own questions, like what his highest point and lowest points in your career so far.
“My highest point in my career so far was starting in the last game of the season,” he said. “And my lowest point was having a losing year.”
To find out more about Write on Sports, go here.
See the photos from Bisnowaty’s and Stanmyre’s visit to Edison Middle School here