Hello! My name is Madeline Kuntz and I’m a 4th generation hawk athlete from the suburbs of Philadelphia. My great grandfather, grandfather, and uncle all played basketball at St. Joe’s, and I’m keeping the family tradition alive on the women’s rowing team. While rowing is my passion, I love all sports and want to be involved in sports for the rest of my life.
I believe that a lot of great things can come from sports that are beyond what most people, which is why I am a sports marketing major. I am a volunteer runner at an organization called “Back on my Feet,” which is a non-profit organization that uses running to help homeless individuals build the confidence and strength that they need to work towards bettering their life. This self-improvement is attained through employment and education opportunities, scholarships, and permanent housing, that all come from “Back on my Feet” partnerships.
I was a swimmer and golfer all through high school, but didn’t start rowing until my senior year. After my first real rowing practice for the high school team at Bachelor’s Barge Club on Boathouse Row, I was hooked. Since learning how to row at the age of 17, I’ve rowed for three competitive clubs on Boathouse Row, as well as the U.S. national team. Rowing has changed my life in ways that I never thought possible. I get to see the best view of the Philadelphia skyline almost every day, I’ve represented my country at the World University Games in South Korea, and I have the honor of representing my amazing university everywhere I go.
This year I started writing for the SJU student newspaper, “The Hawk.” Considering some of my favorite interests are food, health, fitness, and the community, I figured that I would be best suited to write for the lifestyle section. I wrote a few articles about charities, restaurants, and shopping in the city, but my favorite articles are the articles where I share my recipes with the readers. While I always wanted to attempt to branch out and write about something out of the ordinary, part of me felt the need to share all of my recipes and food ideas with the readers.
It’s no question that Philadelphia is known as the home of the “Philly Cheesesteak”. If you’re new to living in Philadelphia, you probably don’t know about all of the other signature foods that are unique to the city. While meat lovers may want to stop by Pat’s or Geno’s for an authentic Philly dining experience, these cheesesteak places aren’t very fun options for vegetarians. I’m a vegetarian myself, but I don’t like dragging my meat loving friends to vegetarian restaurants on a regular basis. I also don’t like eating a salad every time I go out to eat. Luckily, they are several places in the city where vegetarians and meat lovers can happily coexist.