I’ve always considered myself somewhat of an underdog. It’s a mindset that has motivated me throughout life, especially when I look back on my past and see how far I’ve come.

The ironic part about that underdog mentality is that I have no memory of some of my life’s most challenging moments, as they occurred when I was far too young at the time.

Being born at less than two pounds, being in the hospital for over a year, and facing a myriad of complications is a lot for anyone to go through, regardless of the lack of distinct memories attached to these times.

As a three-month premature triplet, many complications followed me- physically and mentally – some of which continue to this day.

I faced setbacks in eating and speech which required countless days of therapy sessions to improve. I didn’t really even eat on my own for the first four or so years of my life.

Fast forward to 2011, and a surgery that was more or less a result of many of these proceeding challenges kept me in the ICU for a full week.

I had a 10% chance to survive this, and thankfully, I ended up OK.

Alex Horowitz New York Post

Long story short, I’ve been through a lot, and I say this not for sympathy, but to truly inspire others. I admire the underdog status and I hope for anyone and everyone to reach their highest potential as a person.

But after all, this is a platform devoted to the best underdog stories in ​sports​– and sports have been a constant in my life for as long as I can remember.

Since elementary school, I’ve been a fanatic about my favorite teams. I recall writing an “essay” in 3rd grade, spanning over ten pages on the history of the NBA.

Through high school, and later throughout college, I transferred my love of sports into writing about sports. I became actively involved in several online sports publications, including serving as a writer and editor for my college’s weekly newspaper.

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Seeing my name published, whether it be in print or online, was always awesome to see. To this day, it makes me smile seeing my name on a byline.

When I graduated from Muhlenberg College with a Media & Communication degree in 2019, I was fortunate enough to land a job at the New York Post in their sports department. For a sports-obsessed person like myself, this was a dream come true.

Aside from my passion for the sports media landscape, I’ve dipped my toes into an array of on-field athletics as well. From playing on my high school’s freshman basketball squad – where I scored a grand total of two points all season – to competing in college intramural basketball, I certainly never was even close to the best player on the floor.

But I always enjoyed the camaraderie with friends and teammates, and to me, that was mostly enough for relatively low-stakes competition.

I’d be remiss to leave out my underdog mentality from my time as an athlete too though. That 2011 surgery which I almost didn’t come back from? Less than a year later, I was running track for my high school’s varsity team.

Once again, I was far from the most talented on the team. Yet at the end of that spring, I was awarded the team’s annual “Hard Work = Success” award.

Even almost 10 years later, I often look up at that trophy on my desk shelf to remind me of how far I have come, and how far I still have to go. It serves as a sort of motivation on the days I feel stuck.

When I think back on my 24+ years of life, I understand that I have gone through a lot of ordeals and continue to face obstacles each day. Yet when I look ahead, I retain a great sense of hope for what is to come.

As an aspiring sports media professional, but even more so, as an aspiring positive change-maker in the world, I aim to combine these two passions of mine to make a difference for the greater good.

My underdog story has had many chapters thus far. I hope that my ongoing journey can serve as an inspiration to others, and if I can create some positive light in the world, I know that I can feel a true sense of accomplishment.

Editor’s note: Warm welcome to our newest contributor, Alex Horowitz, who is as passionate about underdog stories as I am. Stay tuned for more content coming your way. Keep up with the latest by following us on Twitter!

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