Beyond The Trophy Alumni: Catching up with former Notre Dame Chapter President and wide receiver Keenan Centlivre
During the college football season we feature players who are officers of an Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series. We’d like to take some time to catch up with past chapter leaders to learn what they are up to now. This week we caught up with an alumni chapter leader.
NAME: Keenan Centlivre
Chapter, Role: University of Notre Dame, Chapter President
Current Location: San Francisco, California
Get To Know Keenan Centlivre: Keenan walked on at Notre Dame where a dorm on campus, Keenan Hall, is named after his great grandfather but he wasn’t sure if Notre Dame was for him or if he would even get accepted. A collarbone injury his senior year of high school really put Keenan behind football-wise when he stepped on campus in 2014 as a freshman. Kennan said the difference between high school football and college football was “very different” and coupled with his injury in many ways he felt as if he had never played before. After three years on the scout team, the 6-foot-6 wide receiver made his collegiate debut for the Fighting Irish in 2017 against Miami (OH). Keenan had no direct connection to the rare disease cause, but after learning about the Uplifting Athletes chapter on campus from upperclassmen, he became involved and ascended into the role of Chapter President before graduating in 2018.
What was your most memorable experience as a college football player?
CENTLIVRE: My most memorable experience as a college football player was sharing the field with my family and friends after my last home game. It was a bittersweet end to an incredible journey.
Share the degree(s) you earned:
CENTLIVRE: BA in Neuroscience and Behavior
What are you doing today professionally?
CENTLIVRE: I earned a master’s degree in Medical Health Sciences last year and will be starting medical school in August of 2022.
What about your experience with Uplifting Athletes and serving the Rare Disease Community still resonates with you?
CENTLIVRE: Serving the Rare Disease Community showed me how with the right cause, taking a little bit of focused effort can return a tremendous positive impact.
If they put you in the team meeting room today and gave you the stage to share your wisdom, what would be the theme of your message for today’s student-athletes?
CENTLIVRE: I don’t believe I’ve lived enough life to give deeply impactful wisdom, but my theme would be to take the time you have as a student-athlete seriously. The role of student-athlete opens unique opportunities throughout college. I would encourage people to reach outside of their comfort zones and say yes to opportunities that they think will challenge them.
Share with us your No. 1 takeaway from playing college football that continues to serve you well today?
CENTLIVRE: College football gives an incredible perspective of how to physically work hard to be successful. My time as a student-athlete made me aware I was capable of much more than I thought I was both physically and mentally. The capacity to endure consistent hard work has carried with me through earning a master’s degree and going forward into medical school.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know?
CENTLIVRE: When I was 6 years old I was bit by a black leopard.
HOT SEAT QUESTIONS
What one word best describes you?
Favorite sports movie?
CENTLIVRE: The Sandlot
Last streaming series you watched or are currently watching?
CENTLIVRE: Just finished Game of Thrones! Hot take – I liked the ending.
You can travel anywhere in the world, where are you going?
CENTLIVRE: Back home to Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Pick up any new interests, hobbies, skills during the pandemic?
CENTLIVRE: I am starting to learn piano while I have time before school starts again. I’ve never had the opportunity to learn an instrument and so far, am really enjoying the challenge.