Yale men’s basketball captain rose from ‘starter’ to ‘startup’ – NBC Connecticut


Between the World Series, the mid-season football season, the start of the hockey and basketball seasons, the sporting schedule returns to normal.

But Yale athletes have only been “back to normal” for about a month.

The Ivy League didn’t play any sports last year and Yale men’s basketball captain Jalen Gabbidon had to make a tough decision, quickly: stay in school, graduate and miss his season. senior or take a year off and come back to complete it in court and in class this year.

Gabbidon opted for the latter, but you can hardly call what he did a “gap year”.

The now senior, who previously did a summer internship at Google, wanted to try something different. So, with a little help from Yale head coach James Jones, Gabbidon hooked up with former Bulldog Jason Abromaitis to learn about start-ups.

“I spoke to Jason [Abromaitis] just to find out more about start-ups and the next thing I knew, I was living with it, I was working on one, ”Gabbidon said.

He joined Abromaitis’ small team, building the home athletic performance gym, “Launchpad”.

“I never thought I was a creative person, but I guess I found out that I am more creative than I thought I was and building things is something that really excites me,” Gabbidon said. . “It’s about athletic training, so I have to stay heavily involved in basketball… Looking to the future after college, you know some of the same things I use on the court that I want to keep doing. use.”

Now Gabbidon can add CTO (Chief Technology Officer) to his CV, just behind Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year.

The Ivy League broke with tradition to allow graduate students to compete, but that decision wasn’t made until halfway through last school year.

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