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Two sports, one RedHawk: the journey that still guides Alexx Zielinski

“Min familj är min styrka.”

Alexx Zielinski decided to ink “My family is my strength,” on his forearm shortly after committing to play for his second college athletic team.

His family, of Swedish descent, helped him through what he considered to be the greatest challenge he’s faced in his 22 years.

A three-sport athlete in high school, Zielinski had double the opportunities as any other high school athlete to play at the Division I level. At 6’5” and 230 pounds, the offers came to Zielinski in football and baseball, but not basketball, which he stopped playing after his sophomore year.