Caitlyn Stroh was born on Super Bowl Sunday in 1994, so it was pretty much destiny for her to fall in love with sports.
Stroh grew up in Thomasville, GA, only 30 minutes away from her birthplace of Tallahasee, FL and from her childhood team the Florida State Seminoles. She also had an affinity for the sport of baseball, growing up a daddy’s girl with a former collegiate baseball player at South Dakota State as a father, and has been a diehard Tampa Bay Rays fan her whole life.
“I grew up going to baseball games with him and watching him play flag football when I was little,” Stroh said of her father. “I’ve just always watched sports with him.”
Growing up, Stroh played softball. She played all over the diamond, from pitcher to catcher to 1st and 3rd base. She also was a bat girl for her high school baseball team and always seemed to find herself on the diamond.
“I always grew up liking sports and I took journalism my freshman year,” said Stroh. “That was the year that Yankee Stadium closed, and my teacher asked me if I wanted to write a piece on it because she knew I loved baseball.”
From then on, she kept writing about sports and became interested in sports journalism.
Stroh is a magazine journalism major at the Grady College of Journalism at UGA. She loves magazine sports journalism so much that she used to have her own subscription to Sports Illustrated throughout high school and it always got a good laugh that it was in her name on the magazines instead of her dad’s.
“My dream job would be to work for Sports Illustrated,” said Stroh. “I used to want to work for newspapers, but I decided I wanted to do more feature and long-form journalism.”
Stroh writes for the Athens-Banner Herald while at school and for her local newspaper when she’s back home. She used to also write for In The Game Magazine when she was in high school as well. On top of all that, Stroh has hosted UGA football recruits at home games all year. She hopes it all pays off someday, and she has even applied for an internship with Sports Illustrated for this upcoming summer.
But for now, all she wants is to see the Seminoles take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in the National Championship this year. The rest will figure itself out.