UK Sport Leadership student provides athletics commentary on the world stage

LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 25, 2023) — As an athlete, student and rising social media personality, Katelyn Hutchison displays the courage to persevere along with an unmistakable joy and passion for athletics.

The University of Kentucky’s leading sports scientist interviews athletes at some of the sport’s biggest events. It currently covers the 2023 World Championships in Athletics, which take place on August 19-27 in Budapest. Her recent Instagram posts about collaboration with World Athletics give viewers an inside look at the best athletes and events to watch.

As a teenager, Hutchison’s fandom needed an outlet, and Twitter seemed like the best place to use it, even though she never expected to get much attention. Today, he publishes content with millions of views and gets the attention of thousands of social media followers on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok.

Hutchison is known for her openness, warmth and humor – as well as her ability to show the human side of athletes. Her personality shines through in her social media posts, podcasts, track commentary and stadium announcements.

As a postgraduate student in UK College of Education Department of Kinesiology and Health PromotionHutchison is working on a master’s degree in Sports management concentration. The program gave her the opportunity to explore biases, thought processes, management, leadership and other business and social issues in sport. In last semester’s course, she helped plan the department’s Critical Interrogations of Race, Gender, and Sport lecture series with sports leadership lecturer Martha Mack, Ph.D., whom Hutchison considers an inspiration and support system.

“One of the things I learned about sports in undergrad is that it’s not all fun and games. Sport is a microcosm of society and can be used in both harmful and great ways,” said Hutchison.

Hutchison’s energy and enthusiasm for athletics is fueled by her passion to make a difference in the social and business aspects.

“We have so much potential to make this sport very popular in America. In Jamaica, they sold out the stadium for a high school track meet. I know everybody in the US doesn’t care too much about track, but if you can have a game on ESPN, we’ll do it,” she said.

Hutchison uses the media to bring attention to athletics, hoping it will lead to more fans and better funding.

In her coverage, non-fans may find an unexpected gateway to draw into. Athletes’ personalities shine when he jokes with them about topics like what they’re wearing, the music on their playlists, or what their shout would sound like if they were javelin throwers.

Hutchison never misses an opportunity to bring a fun dynamic to an interview, her energy bringing a perfect alignment between the academic degree she is pursuing and her future career goals. With a busy training schedule as a student-athlete, she deliberately chooses work and internship opportunities that will prepare her for future success.

“If you love what you do and are passionate about what you do, the opportunities you seek will come and you will give it your best shot,” she said.

Hutchison is a member of the content creation team for Citius Mag, the home of breaking news, analysis, video, newsletters, podcasts and humor. As co-host of Citius Mag’s “Out of the Blocks” podcast with world silver medalist Jasmine Todd, she interviews sprinters and jumpers as well as shares updates on her own training, life and media endeavors.

A video of Hutchison meeting singer Chloe Bailey at the New Balance Nationals, where Hutchison provided commentary this year, has 12.3 million views on TikTok, and more than 100,000 views in December as a Kentucky freshman commented on one of her own race. Athletic team. A TikTok about supporting his old teammates as he transferred to Kentucky has been played 2.5 million times.

Hutchison’s Twitter presence is where he routinely shares his thoughts on the state of the sport and post-race interviews with professional athletes. Last summer, the hashtag #GetKatelynToWorlds trended on Twitter as friends and fans raised money to fund her trip to interview athletes.

Hutchison does not shy away from serious topics in between humor. It draws attention to financial and other forms of disparity in sports, such as highlighting the need for an increase in athletes’ salaries. Last spring, he interviewed her for The New York Times about the changing dress standards of competitive runners. Unlike men’s uniforms, the standard for women has historically gotten smaller and tighter as runners progressed from elementary school to college and professional athletes — something Hutchison told The Times made her feel uncomfortable at times, though the uniform — called “the kit” — can also make her and other athletes feel like part of an elite group.

While running at Ithaca College, Hutchison graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports media and business administration with a concentration in sports management. After graduation, she remained eligible and began researching NCAA Division I schools and coaches that made her a sports athlete during her graduate studies. Looking at UK as an option, she connected with Justin Nichols, Ph.D., a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion.

“DR. Nichols jumped on Zoom with me and I could see that he would be willing to organize my course work to get me the knowledge I needed for the career path I wanted. He treated me like a person and I was most impressed the way he talked about his former students who he often sees on the sidelines now working in college and professional sports. I could tell he wasn’t going to just hand a student a diploma and never talk to them again. He was really genuine and I could see that this program will support me in where I wanted to get professionally,” she said.

Hutchison took a deliberate risk in transferring from a Division III school where she was a two-time team captain and All American to a Division I program at Kentucky, where she joined some of the fastest women on campus.

“Underneath the blue and white are all these great names from this school. This is where I want to push myself to be in a position where I have to grow. If you have faith in yourself and faith in God, why don’t you feel like you can do anything? I have so much passion for what this sport brings,” she said.

Hutchison will complete her graduate studies in May 2024. From there, she hopes to continue working in sports media, adding her authenticity and personal story to content that will bring more attention to athletics.

While still making it big in athletics and promoting her fellow athletes, she carries on the legacy of her father, who she lost in 2021. Growing up in Chicago, he was the only person she knew who matched her level of love for the sport. he’s also made a name for himself on Twitter as a die-hard fan.

“How great it was to have a father who looked at me and said, ‘If you’re willing to work for it, who cares what other people think?’ He pushed me to keep working towards my goals. The biggest thing I have to do in life now is to be like him, have that philosophy and show positivity. I can feel that I am making my father happy by supporting people.’

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