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Camaraderie and Family – Robert Tobroxen ’18

Basketball player in uniform holding ball.

Robert Tobroxen first started playing basketball when he was four years old, but he slept with a ball in his arms when he was even younger. His basketball career has blossomed since, including playing at Apple Valley High School before bringing his skills, both athletic and academic, to St. Olaf College four years ago. Last spring, he started every game and was named MIAC Men’s Basketball Third Team All Conference. The six-foot-six forward is currently captaining, the Oles in his senior season.

“I chose St. Olaf to play basketball because of the camaraderie I felt with the team, how great the coaching staff was, as well as the opportunity to receive a high-level education at the same time,” Tobroxen says.

The opportunities have been numerous for this star player, including the chance to travel with several other members of the team and Coach Dan Kosmoski to Greece last summer, where the team was able to visit countless historical site and play two games.

“There is not a grade point average given out to basketball, if there were, he would indeed qualify for valedictorian,” Kosmoski says. Tobroxen’s actual grade point average is pretty good too – the economics major was awarded Academic All-MIAC in 2016.

For Tobroxen, it’s always been all about the team. “The best this has been adding members to the family. As my four years have gone on, I have added 25 brothers to my family,” he says. “And since our season is one of the longest sports seasons, there is so much time to spend with them and make memories that I will remember and cherish for a lifetime.

– Rebecca Carcaterra ’18