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From novice to fan: A photographer's first experience at the First Four

From novice to fan: A photographer's first experience at the First Four

Shravanth Reddy Reddy '24 March 16, 2023

The First Four is an exciting time for college basketball fans everywhere, but especially right here in Dayton. It is the official start to March Madness: four games played earlier in the week, before the Round of 64 in the NCAA men's division I basketball tournament, that is hosted at the University of Dayton. For one person, however, the First Four was a completely new experience — me.

Coming from a cricket-loving nation like India, I didn’t have any exposure to basketball. I had never attended a game before this week. As a student photographer for the University of Dayton Magazine, I was offered a chance to take pictures at this year’s First Four — and I took it. I am so glad I did.

The games start and I am taking pictures from the baseline. I’m struggling to take any good pictures because of the speed and agility of the players as they move down the court. Half the time I don't know where the ball is. I am not able to catch up. Eventually, I get used to it.

The game was fun, but what made it an unforgettable experience are was amazing fans that came out to support their favorite teams. They created such an electric atmosphere that you can't help but get caught up in it. Whether you're a die-hard fan or just a first-timer like me, these amazing fans are what make the experience truly unforgettable.

As the game continued, I was getting more and more invested in it. I was feeling the adrenaline rush along with the fans. I didn't know the rules of the game, the players, or the fans' passion. I didn’t understand anything, but it was exciting to be a part of it!

Now I can’t wait to cover more basketball games and support my home team. Go Flyers!

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