Months ago, Presentation College recruited Alex Karpstein from Gresham, Ore., to play defensive lineman on the Saints football team. Playing football nearly 1,500 miles away, most athletes wouldn’t expect to have their parents support at games. This wasn’t the case for Alex Karpstein.
Alex’s parents, Brian and Linda Karpstein, packed their bags, drove for days, and headed for the Great Plains. They arrived in Aberdeen, S.D., just in time for the Saints season-opening football game against Luther College Sept.7th. Since then, the Karpsteins have made Aberdeen their temporary home for nearly three weeks so they could attend Alex’s home football games in September.
“It means a lot to me that my parents are in the stands cheering for me this season and I know it means a lot to them too,” said Alex. “I am very fortunate to have parents that have the ability to go to my games. They are proud to be part of the Saints season this year.”
Having two athletic children, traveling for athletics has always been a big part of the Karpsteins’ lives. Since retirement a few years ago, Brian and Linda have had more time to travel for athletics and to explore the states they’ve visited along the way. When the Karpsteins discovered that the Saints played four home games in September, they immediately started looking for apartments for rent in downtown Aberdeen.
“We knew it was the perfect opportunity to watch our son play football and get to know Presentation College and Aberdeen,” Linda said. “As a parent, I think it’s very comforting to see that he’s happy here. We appreciate that the teachers and college have really cared for Alex and that he gets to experience that.”
While in Aberdeen, the Karpsteins have stayed busy. On any given day, one could find the Karpsteins going to campus events, exploring the beautiful walking trails, golf courses, Wiley Park, downtown shops, or taking a new class at the YMCA.
Although, if it’s a Saturday afternoon in September the only place the Karpsteins can be found is in the stands at Swisher Field, cheering for their Saint on game day.
(Pictured: Brian & Linda Karptein holding the Saints mascot, Spirit)