(Courtesy of Darryl Jacobs)

PATERSON, N.J. – ESPN Networks college basketball analyst and commentator Darryl Jacobs will return to his hometown of Paterson, New Jersey, to provide city youths and college students with something he was never given an opportunity to access at a young age: training in a sports broadcasting career.

“Growing up, no one ever mentioned sport broadcasting, sports journalism or working in sports,” said Jacobs. “The emphasis for most was on being a professional athlete, not a sports professional.”

So Jacobs decided to bring a first-ever sports broadcasting academy to his hometown city of Paterson to be facilitated by some of his colleagues and friends in the media industry.

Facilitators from such networks as ESPN, CBS, NBC, FoxSports and CNN, will join Jacobs this summer at the Paterson Free Public Library, a place that he said he frequented quite often as a kid.

“I am very fortunate to have colleagues and friends in the media industry willing to volunteer their time and expertise to educate and inspire youths and college students,” Jacobs said.

In addition to the Paterson Public Library, partners of the sports broadcasting academy include the Bugg Foundation, Willie Peterkin Foundation and All Abilities Live, a multimedia company.


Sports Broadcasting Academy is a free initiative for inner-city youth and college students from the city of Paterson who are interested in a sports broadcasting career.

Two separate sessions will take place on Saturdays, scheduled from June through July, based on age:

Session I for college students-only, June 3 – June 24

Session II for youth, ages 11-17, July 8 – July 29.


Paterson Free Public Library, 250 Broadway, Paterson, N.J. 07501


Space is limited. For more information about Session I and how to register as a college student, email Willie Peterkin at williepeterkin@yahoo.com

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