Coaches’ Use of Homeless Athletes Draws Scrutiny
Investigative Reporting: General News Outlets, Print and Online (Large Staff)

2017 EWA Award Finalist Banner image Screen shot (Seattle Times)

About the Entry

A tip from a source led Claudia Rowe of The Seattle Times to discover that some high school sports officials appeared to be trying to improve their teams by gaming protections for homeless students — getting star athletes to declare themselves homeless so that they’d be able to transfer and play immediately.


Entry Credit

  • Claudia Rowe, The Seattle Times

Comments from the Judges

“This is an example of classic investigative reporting. What started as a tip about two students turned into a story about widespread exploitation of homeless high school athletes. Excellent sourcing was the cornerstone of this story. Compelling storytelling holds readers’ attention to the end.”

“Original — I had never heard of this loophole and found it extremely compelling. Great impact: In the wake of her coverage, Seattle Public Schools overhauled its methods for identifying and overseeing education of homeless youth.”


EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2018 National Awards for Education Reporting.