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Brooke Butkovsky Makes a Fast Break for the Future

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Sophomore Brooke Butkovsky has spent her winters on the basketball court since second grade, adding volleyball in eighth grade when she “hit a growth spurt.” But her sports teams didn’t exactly attract a strong fan base…until she came to Clarkson. “Being a small school, everybody goes to all the games to support each other,” says Brooke, who earned Liberty League All-Rookie Basketball Team status during her freshman year.

Clarkson was on Brooke’s short list of schools early on, thanks to the many summers her Connecticut family spent in Rouses Point. A Clarkson neighbor there told her how great his alma mater is, and Brooke fell in love with the beauty of upstate New York.

An innovation and entrepreneurship major, Brooke says, “I like to do my own thing, and I like to come up with ideas of how I could do things better.” Her goal is to start her own restaurant, following in the footsteps of her chef grandfather. On the menu will be the Greek and Italian recipes he taught her. “I want his dream to live on through me,” she says.

Combining two sports with Clarkson’s challenging academics creates a constant time crunch for Brooke, but her coaches pointed her to the Student Success Center, where she meets with an academic specialist who teaches her time management. It’s all worth it in the long run. “I think being on a sports team definitely teaches you leadership and how to work with people who are different than you,” she says, looking ahead to managing her restaurant employees.

Check out the links on this page to learn how The Clarkson Fund makes it possible for students like Brooke to accelerate their future through athletics. (YOU)KNIGHT with other young alumni and support The Clarkson Fund today! 

Sophomore Brooke Butkovsky has spent her winters on the basketball court since second grade, adding volleyball in eighth grade when she “hit a growth spurt.” But her sports teams didn’t exactly attract a strong fan base…until she came to Clarkson. “Being a small school, everybody goes to all the games to support each other,” says Brooke, who earned Liberty League All-Rookie Basketball Team status during her freshman year.

Clarkson was on Brooke’s short list of schools early on, thanks to the many summers her Connecticut family spent in Rouses Point. A Clarkson neighbor there told her how great his alma mater is, and Brooke fell in love with the beauty of upstate New York.

An innovation and entrepreneurship major, Brooke says, “I like to do my own thing, and I like to come up with ideas of how I could do things better.” Her goal is to start her own restaurant, following in the footsteps of her chef grandfather. On the menu will be the Greek and Italian recipes he taught her. “I want his dream to live on through me,” she says.

Combining two sports with Clarkson’s challenging academics creates a constant time crunch for Brooke, but her coaches pointed her to the Student Success Center, where she meets with an academic specialist who teaches her time management. It’s all worth it in the long run. “I think being on a sports team definitely teaches you leadership and how to work with people who are different than you,” she says, looking ahead to managing her restaurant employees.

Check out the links on this page to learn how The Clarkson Fund makes it possible for students like Brooke to accelerate their future through athletics. (YOU)KNIGHT with other young alumni and support The Clarkson Fund today!