Yearlong goal met, but Michigan boy chooses not to end unique quest in KU fandom

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 in Alumni News and News

As he pulled on his new red Kansas sweatshirt before leaving for school the morning of Sept. 12, Ben Kastner said to his mother, “Mom, it’s September 12.”

Ben Kastner | www.kualumni.orgGina Defeo Kastner, n’89, instantly understood the reference: Her youngest son, 12-year-old Ben, had completed his yearlong quest to wear KU gear every day for an entire year.

As first reported in’s Alumni News blog of July 10, Ben last year chose to make a sartorial statement about his true blue feelings for all things KU and do whatever he had to to become known as the most ardent and loyal Jayhawks fan in Michigan.

Though his stated quest is now complete, Ben says he sees no need to bring it to an end.

“It did make me feel good that I could support the team I love,” he says. “So I’m going to try for another year, I think.”

Gina says she and her husband, Brian, m’96, continue to support Ben’s unwavering passion for all things Crimson and Blue–as long his Jayhawk T-shirts and hoodies are washed and cleaned.

“He is going strong,” Gina says. “He’s not stopping.”

Rock Chalk, Ben, and know that your fellow Jayhawks everywhere are rooting you on to another successful year in KU gear.

–Chris Lazzarino

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