Posted on Feb 26, 2015 in Alumni News and News
He’s a former KU and NFL offensive lineman enjoying an enduring silver-screen side career as a menacing tough guy, but Keith Loneker’s true mission in life, as a passionate volunteer coach of youth athletics and substitute teacher in the Lawrence school district, is inspiring young people as they find their way into adulthood.
So when Loneker, ’94, on Thursday morning happened upon girls in Lawrence High School Young Feminists Club taking photographs of teachers—mostly women—holding a “This Is What A Feminist Looks Like” sign to publicize their programs in store for Women’s Week, March 2-7, he promptly stepped up and offered his support.
“I’ve got a daughter, I want to her to be strong, so I need to go over there and get my picture taken and support the kids,” Loneker says. “Feminism is a male and a female thing, know what I mean? I want women to be strong, too.”
Loneker posted the photograph to his popular Facebook profile, and, knowing the power of his local celebrity—last fall he used Facebook to organize a nearly instantaneous reunion of former football players as a show of support for the team and interim head football coach Clint Bowen, d’96—he hopes his pro-feminism statement rallies others to support the girls’ admirable cause.
“I have a pretty good network of people on my Facebook page, and this already has more than 300 likes and shares,” Loneker says. “It’s fun when I get behind these things. We can do stuff pretty fast.”