Shwetha Surendran’s first story was about basketball. Sports led her to writing, and writing has led her back to sports. Surendran is a journalism graduate student at American University and the ESPN-AU Fellow for 2022-’23. She has bylines in The Associated Press, WBUR, The New Indian Express and The Hindu, with experience in narrative podcast development. In her spare time, she solves crosswords, cheers on Charles Leclerc and get unnecessarily competitive at board games.