SAUGET — Adam Young, Gateway Grizzlies play-by-play broadcaster and director of media relations, was recently named to the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America) People's Choice Top 30 Sportscasters Under 30 by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America.
The talented Waterloo native, now 25, was first hired as a Grizzlies broadcast intern in 2009.
"It was his work ethic that first attracted me to Adam," said Joe Pott, former Grizzlies broadcaster and current director of broadcast operations at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. "I've worked with Adam since he was a student, and he is always willing to go the extra mile no matter the circumstance."
However, dedication alone won't take you to the top in the broadcast industry.
"You have to posses the full package to even get a chance, and Adam has it, said Grizzlies general manager Steve Gomric. "His accomplishments are impressive, and ... the Grizzlies are very fortunate to have a young man like him."
A 2010 graduate of SIUE, Young has stayed close to home in his professional pursuits. Aside from his seasonal duties for the Grizzlies, he is on staff with four area universities (SIUE, Mckendree, Saint Louis, and Washington U.) and has a portfolio that ranges from play-by-play in a variety of sports to PA announcing to sideline reporting and technician work.
"He is rare," said Scott Cummings, Mckendree University's veteran sports information director. "No matter the capacity, you remember Adam. Not just for his outstanding voice and skills as a broadcaster, but as a person."
Despite his success, Young said his dream has always been to live and work in this area.
Young has broadcast games in hundreds of locations all across the United States, and has turned down numerous job offers. But he still wants to live and work in this area.
"This is my home," Young said. "What could be better than representing my family and the organizations that I grew up loving? These are my schools. These are my teams. This is why I do it."
Young is preparing for his fourth season as a Grizzlies broadcaster.