Caleb, age 15, is a huge sports fan – specifically Virginia Tech – and an aspiring sports announcer. For his Dream, he requested a trip to see the VT/UVA basketball game and get a behind-the-scenes experience with Bill Roth, the ‘Voice of the Hokies’. “I wanted to meet Bill because he’s always been the announcer for the Hokies and I wanted to learn from him. I like to talk about sports, so I’d like to do something in my career that would let me do that. It was really cool that I got to meet him and got the experience that I did.”
Caleb started out his trip by attending the final practice of the Tech basketball team before the big game. He broke down the final huddle and was presented with a basketball signed by the whole team.
On the day of the game, Caleb got to see the studio where VT sports coverage takes place. “I got the rundown of what the studio does and I even got to film a pre-game analysis,” Caleb told us. “I was very nervous!” But you wouldn’t be able to tell, according to Bill Roth. “Caleb jumped right on our set and delivered a terrific update on the Hokies’ basketball team,” Bill said. “He had a tremendous experience, and his visit was just as impactful to our sports media and analytics students. We are all big fans.”
Before long, it was time for the game. But not before a quick meeting with legendary Hokies Football Coach, Frank Beamer. “He was really nice,” Caleb said.