This is Jonathan’s first year as a member of the Eye Care Associates Storm Squad. He is a sophomore at Campbell University and is pursuing a major in sports management. After college, he hopes to land a career in sports marketing or sports communications. Jonathan loves sports, yelling and heckling, and he won the Big South Fan of the Year award in his freshman year at Campbell. Jonathan loves being on the Storm Squad because it gives him the opportunity to meet the community and share in the excitement that comes from being a Caniac!
Q&A with Jonathan
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
1) Go to the Superbowl
2) Go to the Olympics
3) Attend a World Cup
What would your friends be surprised to know about you?
I like “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”
What is the craziest thing your parents did to embarrass you growing up?
They show the home video of me at Disney when I was six.
If you could write a mission statement for your life, what would it say?
Live a life full of fun, lacking of regret, in which I can impact the community around me in a positive manner and furthermore help build capacity with people who count on me and who I count on!
What is your favorite quote?
“If you make every game a life and death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot.” – Dean Smith
Would you rather be a prince or a rock star?
Prince. I couldn’t take all the bus rides as a rock star.
What is your weirdest or most unique talent?
I have an ear-deafening clap.
What is the most memorable sporting event that you’ve attended?
Canes vs. Bruins playoff game.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you as a member of the Storm Squad?
The dancing section of tryouts was very funny due to my lack of rhythm!
If you were on "American Idol," what song would you choose to sing?
"Our Song" by Taylor Swift.
If you could travel to any point in time, where would you go and why?
1980 to see the USA hockey team beat Russia in the semifinals and later win gold!
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Super speed. Around the world in a matter of seconds? Move over Usain Bolt!
If someone wrote a biography about you, what would you want the title to be?
"Hecklers Gonna Heckle."
What is the most interesting vacation or trip you have ever taken and why?
I have gone backpacking in the Rocky Mountains two times. It was exhausting and tiring but the views and experience were worth it!
NC State, Duke, or UNC?
What is your favorite time of year and why?
February: you have the Superbowl, Daytona 500, hockey is going strong and college basketball starts to intensify!
Who makes the best jokes on the Storm Squad?
In what event would you win an Olympic gold medal?
20km Walk (power walking).
What is it that you love about North Carolina?
Food, community and culture.
What is your greatest moment in life so far?
Earning the Big South Fan of the Year Award.
Do you have any superstitions?
Yes. Saying the Steelers prayer before every game and wearing my lucky jersey!
Do you have any nicknames?
What is your most prized possession?
Trai Essex signed practice glove.
If you could have a celebrity entourage with three celebrities, who would they be?
Shaq (the brawns), Peyton Manning (the brains) and Craig Sager (the style).
What is your favorite book you read as a child?
"Where The Wild Things Are."