Student of the Week: Chris Klein ‘19

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Chris is leading a group on campus that is coming together to start a 3 on 3 charity basketball tournament for Kristen’s Kause (a department wide initiative by the Union College Athletics Department, to raise funds for Union fan Kristen Shinebarger.)

Q: What gave you the initial idea to develop the tournament?

A: A group of my friends and I decided that there was a growing need on campus for a more competitive level of basketball above intramurals. We met with Athletic Director Jim McLaughlin and Assistant Intramurals Director Mike Polsinelli and developed the idea to have a campus wide 3 on 3 tournament as a way to increase that level of competition, while at the same time trying to help the community.

Q: What is your goal for the tournament?

A: We want the entire campus community, students and faculty alike, to be involved in raising money and awareness for Kristen’s Kause, while at the same time enjoying the spring weather and watching their peers compete for the title of 3 on 3 tournament champs.

Q: What has been your favorite part about making the tournament a reality?

A: I would say that getting to know the different faculty, as well as clubs such as WRUC that are helping facilitate the event have been my favorite parts to this point.

Q: What challenges have you faced while working on the tournament?

A: There are always plenty of challenges, including things such as: trying to find funding, working on the logistics of rewarding winners, and lastly scheduling an event in May, a month with events including Springfest, Alumni Weekend, and Steinmetz Symposium all on the calendar.

Q: How has being heavily involved in the intramural affected your time on campus?

A: A lot of my friends that I’ve met on campus have come through intramural sports. It’s a great way to unwind at Union while doing something you enjoy.

Q: If you could offer any advice to first-year students looking to get involved what would it be?

A: Because it’s such a small campus, clubs are always looking for more people to help out. In my experience, I’ve never felt that any ideas I’ve offered in clubs have been shot down. I feel that everybody in Union works hard to embrace everyone’s ideas, no matter how ambitious.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about Union? A: I would say that for how small a campus it is, my favorite is the surprising amount of opportunities to do things.

Q: Where is your favorite place to eat off-campus?

A: Either Cornells or Perreca’s. Both are great place to bring your family (or a date)! Major: Mechanical Engineering Groups: Volunteer at Kenney Community Center, Member of BSU, Memeber of Phenomenal Males

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