Kelly Chin (TPR’02) and her winter track teammates used to dream about having an indoor field house on campus where they could practice.
“We’d go on these freezing cold runs and joke that when we graduate we’ll donate enough money to build a big indoor field house for future track and field athletes at Carnegie Mellon,” said Chin.
Today, Chin still remembers those freezing winter runs all too well. In fact, they’re one reason she gives back to the athletic department today.
“I don’t have enough money to build an entire field house, but I always keep that in mind when I donate.” says Chin. “I realize every dollar counts.”
Gifts enable the athletics department to provide for off-campus training trips, specialty equipment, leadership programming, professional development opportunities and enhancements to the student-athlete experience.
Chin also appreciates the scholarship support she received as a student at Carnegie Mellon.
“I know I was given this great opportunity as an undergrad, and I always wanted to pay it forward to future generations of runners at Carnegie Mellon,” said Chin.
Today, running is still a major part of Chin’s life. She qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials by completing the Houston Marathon in 2 hours, 44 minutes and 44 seconds.
Now she’s running 80 to 90 miles a week while working as a business analyst at Nomura Securities in New York City. Chin still uses the skills she acquired as a student-athlete at Carnegie Mellon to help her train.
“The time management skills I learned at Carnegie Mellon are invaluable,” said Chin. “I see runners struggle to balance a job and running, but I find it easy. After CMU, it seems like a piece of cake.”
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