Knowlton tells Rotary Club about challenges, triumphs since taking over as Cals AD

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Jim Knowlton, Cal’s athletic director, addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos Dec. 5.

Speaking before members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos Dec. 5, UC Berkeley athletic director Jim Knowlton detailed his efforts to improve the school’s sports programs since he took over last year.

Knowlton, hired in May 2018, said his primary goal is to provide support and development for Cal’s 850 student-athletes and 30 teams. To better do so, Knowlton said he has focused on integrating athletics into other campus departments and governance with support from Chancellor Carol Christ.

Spartan swimmer Rudolph chooses Carolina

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Lexi Rudolph proudly wears her UNC sweatshirt.

Although Mountain View High senior Lexi Rudolph only last month officially committed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her dad Colin has known for years that the standout swimmer was headed there.

When Rudolph was in sixth grade, she said the family took a trip to the south that included a tour of UNC – and that’s when her dad predicted she would one day become a Tar Heel.

Los Altos native lands USA Hockey internship

Brij Singh of Los Altos has been named the 10th recipient of USA Hockey’s Brendan Burke Internship. He will be based at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich., for the 2019-20 season.

Established in 2010, the Brendan Burke Internship is awarded annually to a recent college graduate pursuing a career in hockey operations. The internship was founded in memory of the late Brendan Burke, who served as a student assistant for the Miami University men’s ice hockey team and was killed in a car accident on snowy roads at the age of 21 in 2010.

Local families get a kick out of class

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Ivan (last name withheld) trains at Kuk Sool Won of Los Altos last week. His sister takes classes there as well.

Six days a week, 8-year-old Ajay Sawant trains at Kuk Sool Won of Los Altos martial arts school, joined by his dad Danny Sawant and grandfather some days. Having so many members of the same family train under him at the American Legion Hall isn’t new to chief instructor David Hespelt.

“We had three generations, but that isn’t the only one,” he said. “Kuk Sool Won is just an all-around great body activity.”

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