The last time goalWA.net checked in with Jesse Klug he was in the news for coming out as gay in an “open letter” he penned. He’s gone from out to outstanding honors as the Bucknell press release below shows. Congrats Jesse!
LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell junior Jesse Klug, from Sammamish Washington, was one of three forwards named to the 12-man Capital One Academic All-District II Men’s Soccer Team on Tuesday. Bucknell’s leading scorer is also a Dean’s List student majoring in management for sustainability.
Klug is fast becoming one of Bucknell’s most decorated student-athletes. He was a First Team All-Patriot League and First Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection after scoring 10 goals as a sophomore in 2013. He is now up to eight goals this season after scoring in each of the team’s last two games against Colgate and Lafayette. He also has four assists this season and ranks third in the Patriot League in goals and points (20).
Klug’s goal against Colgate moved him into the 20-goal club for his career. He is now just two goals and two points away from joining the top-10 in Bucknell history in each of those categories. This fall he received the Charles F. White Memorial Prize for Scholar-Athletes, and he will now move onto the national ballot for Capital One Academic All-America honors.
In addition to his goal-scoring prowess, Klug is also extremely active in social issues on and off campus. His managing for sustainability course load has an emphasis on economic and socio-cultural issues, and he is pursuing a minor in social justice. Klug will study in Guatemala, Costa Rica and Nicaragua next spring as part of the Social Change in Central America program.
“This summer, I’m hoping to do an internship working with youth homelessness in Seattle, with a focus on LGBT youth. They are a disproportionately high number in the homeless population because they are more likely to get kicked out of their homes. Because they’re minors, they can’t go to a homeless shelter without being put into the child or foster care systems. They make up about 40 percent of youth homelessness on any given night.” —Jesse Klug
Last year Klug was the co-founder and executive board member with the Bucknell Chapter of Net Impact, a networking opportunity for Bucknell students who are seeking internships and jobs in sustainability, as well as experience in local community development through small businesses and charitable organizations. He was nominated and selected to participate in the Sophomore LEAD (Leading, Engaged, Active, Determined) leadership development workshop series.
Klug is a member of the Pennsylvania Student Equity Coalition and writes for the Keystone Student Voice online magazine. Last January, he attended the Creating Change Conference in Houston, and he was one of 12 Campus Pride “Leaders in Action” promoting social justice and inclusion on campus. In October 2013, Klug authored third-most-read article of the year on Outsports.com, and his “Open Letter on Homosexuality” was also picked up by The Huffington Post, The Advocate, OUT Online Magazine and others.
Klug and the Bucknell men’s soccer team are in the thick of the Patriot League playoff chase with two regular-season games remaining. The Bison will play at Holy Cross this Saturday at 1:30 p.m.