National Student-Athlete Day: KSU's Jordan Gray & Lucas de Torres Curth

National Student-Athlete Day: KSU's Jordan Gray & Lucas de Torres Curth



ATLANTA, Ga. –
 In celebration of the 26th annual NCAA National Student-Athlete Day, the ASUN Conference is highlighting senior student-athletes from all nine of its member institutions. These individuals have left an incredible impact on their campuses through their hardwork in competition, training, the classroom and in all aspects of collegiate athletics.

The seniors selected by Kennesaw State were Jordan Gray (Women's Track & Field) and Lucas de Torres Curth (Men's Tennis) as they answered a few questions about their time & development in Kennesaw on KSU's campus.

Jordan Gray, Track & Field
Q1: How do you feel you have most impacted your college campus during your time there?

- In my time on campus I believe I have impacted people around me through witness and encouragement. I have had many opportunities to do volunteer work through my athletic department for the community and the campus but I feel as though all of that work would be in vain if I was not peaking of and praising Jesus! Talking to my classmates, teammate, and even professors about Jesus and creating lasting connections with those people has been a great experience and something I'm honored The Lord has let me be a part of everywhere I have the opportunity to reach people. 

Q2: What has been your favorite moment during your time on campus?
- One of my favorite moments on the Kennesaw Campus was taking Coach Whitlock's archery class. There was one class she let me bring some supplies as long as I promised I was not going to ruin any of her equipment. I brought balloons, paint, plastic coverings for the targets, and some canvases. Some other classmates helped me fill and pin balloons to the canvases that we hung from the target and we spent the class making splatter art with the bows and arrows! It was so much fun and a bunch of us got to take some of the hole filled, paint covered canvases home and it was a great experience. 

Q3: What other individuals have helped you along the way in college whether it be teammates, coaches, professors or others?
- I have had some amazing people enter my life since being here at Kennesaw. I came here for the Coach Eggerth's and have grown exponentially as an athlete and a person under their leadership. Sterling Brown is another person who has always been there as a part of the campus ministry 925 and who is not lying when he tells you that he cares and will be there for you if you need something- he has given me advice countless times when I was going through hardship. I had professors like Kodiak Kerfoot who cared more about opening our minds than writing papers and was always hungry for us to learn while having an enjoyable experience. Coach Whitlock is another person whom I have taken many classes from who you can always tell is extremely passionate about what she does and cares about all of her students with tough love and accountability that I've always appreciated and admired. I cannot begin to name all of the teammates who have helped me along the way. To do so would be to name all of the lifelong friends I have made along the way who are always there for me and whom I would do anything for. They have been there for me in the good times and bad and I cannot thank them enough for what they mean to me. 

Q4: How have you grown during your time on campus?
- I have changed a lot since coming to college. My core beliefs never changed but you can ask anyone that's known me since freshman year that I used to be quite judgmental and annoying. I was very much so a "fire and brimstone" kind of person and it took some Jesus intervention in my heart second semester freshman year to start changing and I have grown so much, especially with the help of my friends who are always there to lovingly tell me the truth rather than back me up if I'm wrong. Jesus changes lives, and anyone that's known me since freshman year can attest to that fact! Because The Lord and my friends know I would be a completely different person right now if I hadn't let Him change me in my time here. 

Lucas de Torres Curth, Men's Tennis
Q1: How do you feel you have most impacted your college campus during your time there?
- I don’t know if I directly tried to impact the college campus during my time here, but I do believe I took advantage of all the resources available on campus as an athlete and as a student; and that maybe demonstrated to people who are close to me here (teammates, classmates, friends) that it is possible to properly balance a good academic career with a good athletic career, and still have a life outside of both. There is always room for improvement in every aspect, in class and in the court, but I believe I gave my best in every field throughout these four years and having no regrets I think is one of the most important things to feel.

Q2: What has been your favorite moment during your time on campus?
- There were a lot of great moments lived on campus in these four years, but definitely some of my favorite ones were playing home matches in the Rec Center with my team. Being able to play the sport I played my whole life in a team environment (something weird in tennis), with a good amount of people every match cheering for you on the sides is something I will remember forever. In addition, the college experience itself was amazing overall. Since I was a little kid back home in Argentina, I would tell everyone who asked me that one of my dreams was to get a scholarship to play college tennis in the U.S. and get a college degree; and here I am, a couple weeks away of fulfilling that dream where everything was pretty similar to what I used to see in the movies I watched before coming.

Q3: What other individuals have helped you along the way in college whether it be teammates, coaches, professors or others?
- I met tons of people throughout these four years at KSU that helped me, taught me, made me look things from different perspectives, and made me grow as a person. Starting with the people that I spent the most time with, my teammates. My first two years I was extremely lucky of getting well rounded juniors and seniors that motivated me athletically and academically and made my adaptation a lot easier in a new country speaking a different language. Hopefully I was able to pass on some of that legacy as a junior and now a senior to the newcomers. I am also thankful of having great professors throughout my career, especially those that make you think and not just memorize material; it automatically makes the class more interesting and enjoyable. Additionally, majority of the professors when you show them you are committed, they are willing to help you out with anything that you may need. Lastly, I cannot forget about my family and friends back home, that even though they are very far away, they were with me all along the way and they supported me whenever I was not having good moments.

Q4: How have you grown during your time on campus?
- Looking back to my first semester in Kennesaw I think I grew exponentially as a person. I moved out of my house in Argentina to a different city when I was fifteen, already leaving my family and closer friends behind to be able to pursue my tennis career, so I already had a good amount of independence and maturity before coming to Kennesaw. But now living four years in a different country, speaking a different language, and especially in a country like the U.S. where if you put effort and hard work the opportunities open up for you, I think it is something that I will be grateful for the rest of my life, independently of what I do next after graduation. Undoubtedly, the most important lesson for myself is that I got here because I worked and trained hard all my life in order to get a scholarship for this experience, I succeeded in what I did here at KSU because I also worked and trained hard, so I will probably have to keep doing the same the rest of my life for good things to come my side.