KEARNEY – Soccer introduced John Masker to the College of Nebraska at Kearney. The educational alternatives stored him right here for six years.
A lifelong Loper fan, Masker fulfilled a childhood dream by taking part in three seasons for his hometown group after graduating from Kearney Catholic in 2015.
On Friday morning, the 24-year-old will finish his UNK profession with one remaining memorable second. Masker was chosen to talk in the course of the summer season graduation ceremony, the place he’ll obtain a grasp’s diploma in bodily training and train science.
“I used to be shocked,” stated Masker, who will ship the graduate reflection. “However when the chancellor desires you to talk, you don’t say no.”
Masker additionally makes use of phrases like humbled and honored to explain his response. In actuality, although, it’s a chance he earned by means of all the onerous work he’s put in.
Initially a pre-physical remedy scholar, Masker obtained his first diploma in train science from UNK in 2019, when he graduated magna cum laude.
Though bodily remedy was now not a part of his future plans, Masker nonetheless needed to assist individuals. He simply didn’t know the way.
An end-of-the-year social hosted by the Division of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences gave him path. Through the occasion, professor Kate Heelan, director of UNK’s Bodily Exercise and Wellness Lab, approached him with a suggestion.