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Athlete CRUSH College Impact Awards

Thilo Kunkel

Athlete CRUSH College Impact Awards

Here at Athlete CRUSH, we believe that athletes have the power to change the world. Regardless of the level of competition, there are athletes around the world who do amazing things on a daily basis. We have encountered this first hand, as we have written about countless athletes like that. But, unfortunately, these acts often go unheard, especially at the college level. Thilo Kunkel, the founder and CEO of Athlete CRUSH, works as a sport management professor and is an expert in athlete branding. Thilo has taught a number of student-athletes and seen the incredible efforts they make in the...


Kelly Dopke: The Determined Doctor

Thilo Kunkel

Kelly Dopke: The Determined Doctor

We set out on a mission to discover some of the most inspirational and influential student-athletes across the nation, and the stories that were submitted far exceeded what we were expecting. When looking for candidates for the Athlete CRUSH College Impact Awards – Lead Award – we received incredible stories from athletes across the nation. But one stood out: California native, Kelly Dopke, who shows that you don’t need to be wealthy to give and make an impact on other peoples’ lives. Kelly Dopke and is a current senior, captain, and one of the starting center-backs for the Women’s Soccer Team at the University...


College Impact Awards: Lead Award Shortlist

Thilo Kunkel

College Impact Awards: Lead Award Shortlist

The following student-athletes have been shortlisted for the Athlete CRUSH College Impact Lead Award: Kelly Dopke, Joey Gorman, Gregory Dix, and Enna Selmanovic. The Lead Award is given to one student who has consistently displayed all the qualities of a good leader. It is someone who everyone gets along with and feels comfortable approaching. This person is considered as a leader on and off the field. A highly respected individual who everyone trusts and can turn to in times of need. In other words, they know how to push the people around them to be the best they can be. Read...