Sam, 10; Instructor, Charlotte Immenschuh - Kumon

Sam, 10; Instructor, Charlotte Immenschuh

When Sports Illustrated Kids Magazine (SI Kids) held a contest searching for their next kid reporter, Kumon Student Sam Allred, 10, entered, but didn’t expect to win.  An avid basketball player and sports fan, it almost seemed too good to be true.  To his surprise, out of 500+ applicants, he was one of eight kids selected.  “I had five weeks to write an essay, so I broke it down into small parts and got it finished,” Sam said.

A Kumon Student for almost a year, Sam was well prepared for this opportunity.  “Kumon has helped me with sentence structure, paragraph structure, vocabulary, and spelling,” he said. 

Though only 10 years old, Sam has already had the opportunity to cover some amazing sporting events and interview subjects.  During the NBA lockout, he interviewed former San Antonio Spur, Brent Barry, who helped him understand the business side of basketball.   Most recently, he’s covered a Spurs game, the U.S. All-American Army Bowl, and will travel soon to Orlando, FL to cover the NBA All-Star Game.

With all this excitement, Sam remains focused on academics.  “We have a deal in our house that on weekends I do not do anything until my Kumon is finished,” Sam said.  “That has really helped, and it lets me work on my blogs and other things for the rest of the weekend.”

What’s Sam’s advice to kids with jam-packed schedules? Have a plan.  He dedicates an hour and a half every night to completing Kumon and homework from school.  He also spends at least a half hour daily reading.

“Sam has really learned a lot from this experience about setting goals and working hard to reach them,” said his mom Rachel Allred.  “I truly believe that all of his hard work at Kumon has helped him set and reach his goals and become a better writer.”

A true Texan, Sam is a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, and San Antonio Spurs.  He dreams of playing basketball in the NBA and after – a sports analyst job with a major network.