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Kronum ‘kicks’ off

5 February 2014 By Daryllee Hale, Arts and Life Editor No Comments

Just last year, it was unlikely that a Towson student had heard of Kronum. But after a year of building, the sport club is ready for its biggest semester yet, founder and president Skyler Jenkins said.

“When I first started the club, we were one of a kind, literally,” Jenkins, a junior, said. “The first year was focused towards working to become an official SGA budgeted club and to get students together to travel to tournaments with to get their first real taste of what it is like to play Kronum.”

Kronum is a sport that combines many elements of other sports, including handball, soccer and basketball. The game uses four goals, similar to soccer, but with a plastic overhang that has five metal rings, according to a previous Towerlight article.

Fall 2012 was the Pennsylvania-based sport’s first year at Towson as a club sport, and Jenkins said that it was a success.

“We have played and won against other college clubs. We have hosted two tournaments at Towson and we have been recognized all over America,” Jenkins said. “We have had written and video reports done about our club and we are still the biggest college club in Kronum.”

Kronum has a strong presence on social media, using sites like Facebook to spread the sport to the players’ friends and families. The Facebook page also holds contests for Kronum gear to gain more likes.

And the club is only planning to grow from here. Jenkins said that TU Kronum is planning Maryland’s first Kronum Tournament, which will take place on Towson’s campus.  The club is going to reach out to local schools, like Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, University of Maryland College Park, Loyola, Goucher and other Maryland universities in hopes that the schools will also start teams and play in the tournament. The tournament will take place April 12.

“We are hoping that students from other Maryland schools will be inspired from playing and want to start a club at their own school so we can help spread the sport worldwide,” Jenkins said.

Everyone should be interested in Kronum, Jenkins said, because of its unique and fast-paced nature.

“I can honestly say playing this sport is like nothing else I have ever done,” he said. “It is a thrill every time I step on the field.”

Katie Levine, a junior early childhood education major who is now the Community Service Chair for the Kronum club, said that she had never heard of the sport before coming to Towson.

“I got involved with Kronum because I love meeting new people, trying new things, and I love to play sports,” Levine said. “When I finally learned what [Kronum] was all about it, I just knew I had to play. I figured that since college is all about meeting new people and trying new things, Kronum fit that category perfectly.”

The club is co-ed and offers a learning experience to any student who wants to try playing Kronum. Additionally, TU Kronum is looking to fill officer positions with students who are writers, photographers, graphic designers, advertising majors and sports management majors.

“We may seem to be just another college club, but we are part of something much bigger than that. We are looking for anyone who wants to get involved,” Jenkins said.

Interested students can find the club on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. If you want to get involved, contact Jenkins at sjenki8@students.towson.edu.

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