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Xavier Magazine | March 26, 2017

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Karen Kase

Karen Kase
Greg Schaber

Bachelor of Science in sport management, 1999 | Director of public relations, Charlotte Sting, Women’s National Basketball Association, Charlotte, N.C.

Glory Days Kase played goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team at Xavier. Her teams advanced to the Atlantic 10 Tournament three times and won the A-10 Tournament in 1998, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

Fast Friends “There were seven seniors on the team who came up through the program,” she says. “The best part is we are all still close friends, even though we’re scattered around the country.”

Junior Jobs Kase worked in the University’s sports information office as a student and then earned an internship with the Pacific 10 Conference in California. There, she worked basketball and football games at the University of California at Berkeley, volleyball games at Stanford University and even National Basketball Association games with the Golden State Warriors.

Ladder Climbing After graduating, she spent two years working for the Phoenix Suns of the N.B.A. and the Phoenix Mercury of the Women’s National Basketball Association before accepting a job in the front office of the N.B.A.’s Cleveland Cavaliers. Last year, she began working with the W.N.B.A.’s Charlotte Sting as well as the parent company of the city’s expansion N.B.A. team. She oversees all public relations and community relations efforts of the Sting.

Hoop Dreamin’ “I love basketball, so my job is a perfect situation for me. I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else at this point in my career. It’s a lot of long hours and making sure a lot of different people are happy, but it’s fun and there are perks as well. I’ve flown on private team planes, traveled to lots of different cities, and interviewed stars like Chris Webber, Carlos Boozer and Cynthia Cooper.”

Grand Experience She’s also flown in a helicopter to the bottom of the Grand Canyon to work with a W.N.B.A. basketball clinic on a Native American reservation. “These people—the Hava’ Supai Tribe—are the only people to reside in the Grand Canyon year-round.”

Once and Future Loyalties “I want to continue what I’m doing in Charlotte for as long as I possibly can, keep rooting against U.C. and keep having fun.”

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