On Wednesday, August 26th, The Virginian-Pilot published the following article highlighting
the Hampton Roads Sports Commission's new web series: SportsTalk 757!
With local athletics at a standstill, the Hampton Roads Sports Commission was looking for ways to stay active and relevant.
The organization is taking to the computer screen.
The HRSC, an arm of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce charged with providing access and exposure to sports in the region, is launching a live web series called “SportsTalk 757.” The talk-show initiative will feature area sports figure both well known and obscure, starting Thursday at noon with former Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and Norfolk State defensive back Don Carey.
HRSC executive director Claudell Clark, who will host the twice-monthly series, said people from across the local sports landscape, from successful AAU coaches to accomplished pro athletes like Carey, will be featured.
“We want to make sure that all levels and all forms of accomplishment and organizations are represented – not just your headline-type sports or persons,” Clark said.
Carey, a graduate of Booker T. Washington High and a current Chesapeake City Councilman, will join Clark to discuss an array of topics including his transition from athlete to philanthropist and politician, opportunities for sports in the region, the challenges of the upcoming football season with COVID-19 and ongoing racial tensions as they relate to sports.
The program will be streamed live on YouTube and SoundCloud, as well as at www.hamptonroadssports.org/stream.
Carey, 33, played eight seasons in the NFL, the last seven of which came with the Lions. He released a 2017 memoir, “It’s Not Because I’m Better Than You,” and founded the REECH Foundation, which exposes inner-city youth to educational opportunities through sports.
Clark, a former NSU baseball coach and minor league pitcher from Chesapeake, said he’s in the process of booking future guests for the show, with no shortage of potential.
To suggest a guest, reach Clark at (757) 664-2576 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Working from home, Clark said the HRSC plans to continue the series long after the region returns to normal.
“I think the show will still have legs and still have viability, even after some people return back to work and some events get going again,” Clark said.
“We definitely plan to continue beyond this year.”