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Cara Gulbronson2014 Rising Alumni

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Cara Gulbronson coordinates all aspects of the wheelchair basketball, wheelchair softball, and track and field programs for adults and youth with physical disabilities for the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. She is the tournament director for the annual Courage Kenny Classic, a 12 team wheelchair basketball tournament that includes teams from across the nation. Cara is the assistant tournament director and playing a large role in the planning of the 2014 World Series of Wheelchair Softball.

Employer

Wheelchair Sports Program Coordinator
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

CEHD Degree

B.S., Sport Management

What gets you excited about work?

Knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of youth and adults each and every day. I am able to provide sport and recreational opportunities for people with physical disabilities that they otherwise would not have.

What professors were most influential during your time in CEHD?

Tiffany Richardson's guidance and tough love helped me to excel in my two years at the University of Minnesota. Alyssa Maples, my college adviser, guided me through classes and assisted in finding career opportunities. Jennifer Bhalla taught Sport in a Diverse Society and it helped open my eyes to the adapted athletics field.

What skills are important to succeed as a young professional today?

Passion. If you are not passionate about the position you are applying for then it is not right for you. I look forward to going to work each and every day and I truly believe you have to do what you love and love what you do.

What is a "fun fact" about you?

I was named after an article my grandpa read in a newspaper about the Chicago Area Roadrunners Association, which was abbreviated C.A.R.A.

If you could have coffee with anyone from history, who would it be?

Herb Brooks. When I was twelve my hockey team would watch his speech in the movie Miracle before every game. That year we won the state championship and I think his inspirational speech had something to do with it.

What is your favorite University of Minnesota memory?

Playing for the Gopher Women's Club Lacrosse team. I will never forget spending late nights practicing in the dome and early mornings playing games. I especially remember the time I tripped and fell in front of the whole team as coach was explaining a drill.