For years, athletes have been looking for ways to express themselves and show their side that isn’t just sport.
The age of social media has made this easier. Players have the opportunity to express their opinions through a variety of media. Blog sites, Twitter and Facebook have become stepping stones to see a different side of people who are usually private.
A local soccer player does that and more.
Star York High running back Jahiem White, who will join the Western Virginia University football team, is launching his blog thanks to a WVU Sports Illustrated fan affiliate site.
One of the writers approached him with the idea, and the Miami native said it’s a way to connect with his fans during his final season in both York County and West Virginia, where the community doesn’t yet know him .
“I don’t like to talk about myself. I think it’s crazy that people want to know more. In my opinion I haven’t done anything yet. I’m just a kid playing soccer,” White said. “I’m out of my comfort zone, so I’m forcing myself to grow a little.”
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This blog will be launching soon, White said. He hopes to explore a wide range of topics related to his journey before and during his studies. It’s uncommon for high school athletes to blog, but there’s a chance White is starting a trend that other athletes could follow.
On the field, White was one of the most successful athletes in the area. He has helped the William Penn Senior High School football team to a handful of wins in recent seasons. He was named an All State in 2021 after rushing for 13.1 yards per attempt. He’s one of their driving forces in the backfield, rushing for 2,128 yards last season. He scored 30 touchdowns and led the York-Adams League with 204 points. He was also an All-State selection in his sophomore season in 2020.
Despite what many describe as a small scale, he has received several offers from colleges and chose West Virginia for the welcoming atmosphere during his visit. White said he hopes to reach more fans with his blog and connect with them on a personal level.
“The blog will tell people a little bit more about me than just stats. …but I don’t really think I’m that special,” White said.
Still, there are unfinished business the senior has at York High. The 5-foot-9, 191-pound running back said he’s hoping for a strong final season as a Bearcat.
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“I want to leave everything on the pitch. No regret. I want to break the rushing record and win with my team. We want the crown this season. We have many talents throughout the team and we all work towards the same goal. It’s up for grabs,” White said.
The blog will allow White to detail the journey to York fans and give West Virginia fans a glimpse of the player they’ll get along the way.
“I can’t stress enough that the success I’ve had isn’t just mine. I’ve often been told I’m too small to play power five football,” White said. “It’s not about size, it’s about your will. I’m lucky to have such great teammates. My linemen, my QB and my coaches. That is her story too.”