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KU alumnus makes Jayhawk masks that give back
If you’re looking to mask your Jayhawk pride, John Killen is your guy.
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If you’re looking to mask your Jayhawk pride, John Killen is your guy.

 

Killen, j’85, is president & CEO of WinCraft, a manufacturer of licensed and promotional products for over 500 colleges and professional sports teams. As COVID-19 continued to spread, the company began to look at how they could help.

 

“After looking at what was needed, we knew we could produce masks to help,” he says. “We went to KU first to develop the product and the campaign due to our great relationship with the University. The first masks we sold had Jayhawks on them.”

 

Since then, more than 200 colleges have reached out to produce masks with their school represented on them.

 

The production of each mask comes with a purpose. A portion of proceeds from each Jayhawk mask will go to the KU COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. In addition, WinCraft donated hundreds of masks to essential KU employees in Facilities, Housing & Dining Services, and Kansas Athletics.

“Wincraft is a private company and likes to give back,” Killen says. “We asked KU for a charitable component, and they suggested donations for the [COVID Relief] fund. The response has already been overwhelming, with thousands already sold.”

 

The machine-washable masks are available for sale at KU Bookstore and Rally HousePlease note that the masks are not intended to be used as medical grade Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE.

 

—Ryan Camenzind

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