Homecoming Hustle holds special meaning

July 7, 2017
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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – For years, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Alumni Association’s Homecoming Hustle has held a signature role as part of the annual activities. This year, however, the race has become even more meaningful as it will be held in memory of UW-Platteville alumni Kirk U’Ren and Jennifer Steiner.

On Feb. 12, U’Ren and his wife, Steiner, were on their way to a Wisconsin Badgers game when the driver of a speeding car lost control and struck their SUV. While U’Ren died on impact, Steiner passed away 13 days later, succumbing to injuries from the accident.

U’Ren, a Mineral Point, Wisconsin native, and Steiner, a native of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, first met while attending UW-Platteville in 2003. Their passion for sports, competitive spirits, generous hearts and warm smiles created a lifelong bond, and the two married in 2011 after eight years together. After dreams of raising children together, the two were blessed with twin boys, Kaden and Grayson, in 2015.

News of February’s tragedy rippled through the UW-Platteville family, and the decision was made to host the annual Homecoming Hustle in their honor. Not only will this year’s Homecoming Hustle honor the couple’s memory, but proceeds, sponsorships and donations will help fund a scholarship in U’Ren and Steiner’s name.

The Alumni Association is proud to sponsor the Homecoming Hustle in their memory, Steve Ramig, Executive Director of Development and Alumni Engagement, said.

“This speaks to the value of a Pioneer,” he said. “Being a UW-Platteville Pioneer means supporting fellow alumni, through thick and thin. This is another example of the Pioneer family coming together to support Kirk and Jenni.”

This year’s race is scheduled for Oct. 14, and registration is open to students, alumni and community members.

Visit www.uwplatt.edu/alumni-events/homecoming-hustle-and-half-pint-hustle to register for the event, view more information or become a sponsor.


Written by: Amanda Bertolozzi, Writer/Editor, Communications, 608-342-7121, bertolozzia@uwplatt.edu

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