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Daily Inspiration: Meet Joshua Unangst

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joshua Unangst.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My passion, like many, for basketball started with Michael Jordan and evolved from there. Here is the interesting part, I started this site when I was 13 years old, I am 15 today! I combined the two elements that I enjoyed being an entrepreneur and basketball.

Many people believe that you have to go through a process to become a journalistic website. Go to Syracuse or Northwestern and then hook onto a local newspaper or site. I believe regardless of your age, drive, ambition, and love for what you do are the criteria you need to run a site, business, and be a sports journalist. You don’t need to be a part of ESPN to make that happen.

I saw the landscape of sports changing. No matter the side of the aisle you are on, politics and social issues were entering into sports. They have their place. However, there is a HUGE audience out there that just wants sports. To escape life and all that is going on and just have sports!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
OHHHHHH no. Starting out and even today the struggle is real and it is daily. I don’t have the reach of ESPN, FoxSports, or BleacerReport. I have to do everything the old fashion way. Content is king. If you create daily consistent, engaging content, you will win. There is no overnight success in building an online presence. However, I will say what I am doing right now is most 25+-year-olds are just starting to do. I have a passion for basketball and took action. It may be a bumpy road, but it is going to be a fun and learning road to take when it is all said and done.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
First, I am a full-time student at ASU Prep Digital. A 4.0 student if I can toot my own horn “TOOT TOOT.” I am the age that most companies are seeking to get the attention of. However, my style is to speak to 11-year-olds to 66-year-olds. Sports is a universal and binding excitement. Basketball brings people together.

I specialize in the niche that has been long forgotten about. I don’t need to scream and be controversial like so many online and on TV. Give people thought-provoking long pieces of content or short and let the discussion begin.

What am I most proud of? I am doing this on my own. My time, my research, my energy, and my money. I don’t ask for outside help. I built my site, my socials, my store the old-fashioned way of hard work. My “overnight success” will take about ten years!

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
COVID proved one thing, people need a distraction. They need something to fill their minds that is not COVID-related. Not the doom and gloom. People lost the ability to engage with their heroes in real life. I worked on bringing their heroes to them daily. Suspend the reality of the pandemic and stress!

People were being constantly told you can do this or you can’t do that. Life was very different with all the lockdowns happening around the world and social unrest. Then you jump four months later and we start to have sports again. However, mainly for the NBA, life was not the same. Life was very different within the NBA Bubble, but they tried to make it as normal as possible. Even though the struggling and challenging times, plus coming out of a globally dominant pandemic- sports have always been there. The lesson I have learned is that you never take sports for granted because sometimes we need that separation from our daily lives, even with COVID we were able to fight back and able to watch sports again.

If you are the average fan, a huge fan, or just want to watch something to take your mind off of things… having sports back is amazing and one of the many reasons why sports is the ultimate de-stressor.

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