Young super-fan arrives from Michigan for his first game in Allen Field House

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 in Alumni News and Sports

Ben Kastner, the 12-year-old Michigan boy who last September completed his goal of proving his unwavering Jayhawk loyalty by wearing KU gear every day for a year, on Friday began the final steps toward his ultimate goal: attending a men’s basketball game in Allen Field House.

Joined by his mother, Gina Defeo Kastner, n’89, and his brother, Ian, Ben arrived on campus early Friday afternoon after a long drive from Grand Rapids, Mich.

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Their first stop was the Adams Alumni Center, where the Kastners met Association staff members, soaked in campus views from third-floor windows and toured the All-American Room, Seymour Pub and Phillips Board Room. (When he learned about our student hospitality workers known informally as “blue shirts,” Ben decided on the spot that landing a coveted Adams Alumni Center student job would be his part-time employment goal when he returns to campus as a freshman.)

While taking aim on the KU Bookstore, where Ben could stock up on more gear to keep his unique Jayhawk-clothing streak going well into year No. 3, the Kastners also planned to see the Moses statue and burning-bush window, Spooner Hall, Danforth Chapel, the Natural History Museum and Chi-O Fountain before returning to the Adams Center for snacks and sodas at the Association’s monthly campuswide TGIF.

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The weekend highlight, of course, will be Saturday’s 6:30 game against Texas. They plan to be in line plenty early, and will visit the Booth Family Hall of Athletics before making their way up to their general-admission seats—securing last-minute tickets for one of the biggest games of the season is no easy feat—and joining in the Rock Chalk Chant and cheering on the Jayhawks.

Because Saturday’s game will likely go a long way to determining the eventual Big 12 champion, it surely will be memorable for fans across the globe. Just as surely, it won’t mean more to anyone than it will a Michigan boy who reminds all of us about what it means to be crimson and blue.

Earlier blog items about Ben’s quests can be found at here and here.

—Chris Lazzarino

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