Teacher Athletes

Many students after high school want to pursue a college sport. Here are three teachers who have had experience playing a college sport:

 

Name:
Ken Benson
College played for:
Butler County Community College
University of Arkansas
Years Played:
Butler County Community College – 2 years
University of Arkansas  – 2 years
Position:
Outside Linebacker
Years of coaching:
12 years
Advice for anyone pursuing or wanting to pursue a sport in college:
  • set your goals high
  • understand the importance of academics
  • work hard and totally commit yourself to achieving your goals
  • discipline yourself on and off the field
Favorite part about the sport:
The challenge of winning every single individual battle
What made you want to go to this or these specific college(s)?
“Both football programs have very good reputations and I wanted to be a part of them”
Name:                                        
Sarah Gonzalez
College played for:
University of Kansas
Years played:
4
Sport played:
Soccer
Position played:
Goalie
Years of coaching:
9 (2 years JV – 7 years Varsity)
Advice for anyone pursuing or wanting to pursue a sport in college:
“Be ready for a challenge, but it’s worth it”
Favorite part about the sport:
“I love the games, traveling to different schools and being around my team mates”
What made you want to go to this or these specific college(s)?
“KU was my dream school”
Name:
Nicole Hesseltine
College played for:
Kansas State University
Years played:
4
Sport played:
Club Running
Years of coaching:
2 years: 1 year of Cross Country, 1 year of Cheer
Advice for anyone pursuing or wanting to pursue a sport in college:
“Helps you stay organized and manage your time. You get more done somehow, just work hard at everything and do your best”
Favorite part about the sport:
“Hanging out with friends and the adrenaline. Doing the 5ks and knowing its for a good cause”
What made you want to go to this or these specific college(s)?
“The atmosphere. When I toured the people there were really friendly and it was just a beautiful campus. I really liked it.”