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National Student Athlete Day: Christopher Jace

Christopher Jace: Beyond the Scoreboard

Christopher Jace: Beyond the Scoreboard

Christopher Jace: Beyond the Scoreboard

April 3, 2024

Whether swinging a bat or dribbling a basketball, Chris Jace's all-around athleticism allows him to shine for his teams. His infectious smile and consistent presence create an environment of ease, trust, and camaraderie for his teammates.

Named to the 2024 CUNYAC Community College Men’s Basketball Awards Sportsmanship Team, Chris is laser-focused on becoming a top athlete. The physical education major from Brooklyn said, “I’m mainly trying to go farther with my sports and maintain the highest level of professionalism as an athlete. While my expectations are high, if things don’t go the way I anticipate, I am looking at becoming a sports trainer or physical therapist. Maybe even a coach.” Although prepared for any possibility, Chris is not interested in a Plan B. His goals are clear: to become a great athlete.

The 25-year-old is outgoing, spontaneous, and full of energy. “I like to have fun and make sure everyone around me is in good spirits,” he said. “I want to keep the positivity going.”

He learned about Kingsborough through word-of-mouth. “I heard many good things about Kingsborough. And when I got here, it just got even better.” Chris attended a few baseball and basketball games before making his final decision. “Between watching the energy during the games and the campus environment, I was hooked and knew that this is where I wanted to be. The faculty, staff, students, everybody is just amazing.”

While Chris doesn’t participate in any special programs on campus, he does take advantage of the laptop borrowing service. “Being able to complete my schoolwork is very important to me. To be able to borrow a laptop has helped me immensely.”

“Being out of school for five years led to some challenges with my classes, but Kingsborough has made the process of reintegrating into college less challenging, and it’s now been smooth sailing for me.”

Chris’ excitement about winning regional is palpable. “Making history has been amazing,” says Chris. “I have been playing baseball since I was four or five years old. I started playing basketball at 11 or 12 years old.” He believes that his lifelong preparation has led to this moment where he can be a part of something great.

“I love sports and don’t want to do anything else,” adds Chris.

His goal after graduation is to attend a high-division school and take a deep dive into the physical sciences.

“Positive energy attracts positive energy, and that’s what I’m about.” 

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