8. Kingstun Nelson, 20
School: University of Birmingham
Course: Sport and Exercise Science (BSc)
Grade Avg: First Class
In his first year of university, Kingstun tried out for the university basketball team. Unfortunately, he was unsuccessful. But, instead of being discouraged, he asked the sports once what else he could do to get involved. He was offered the role of Higher Education Basketball Ambassador (HEBA), issued by the UK’s leading basketball charity, The British Basketball Foundation, with the task of increasing non-elite basketball participation at the university. Within a few weeks, Kingstun had already planned a full term’s delivery that included a 3v3 tournament, regular volunteer-led sessions and a neon basketball taster session. The activities engaged more than 100 new participants within one term. He also created his own basketball workforce from a mix of experienced players from the university men’s team, experienced players from the women’s team and less experienced players of both genders. Throughout his two years in the role, he was also able to obtain funding for almost 30 spaces on various courses for his committee. In order to advertise courses and opportunities he designed a detailed flyer with a clear ‘key’ system to identify level and type, which was so effective it is now used by staff across all sports at the university. The British Basketball Foundation also invited him to deliver training and presentations to other HEBA’s across the country. His commitment to empowering other members of his team is equally admirable. For example, shortly after stepping into the ambassador role, he created an Intramural Basketball League. The following year he gave a committed volunteer the freedom to take lead of and organise the league, with his support. Two years on, the project has engaged nearly 2,500 students and has increased the pro le of basketball at all levels at the University of Birmingham.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Working in a sports management role.