Christian "Crunch" Regulski was connected with the Princeton men's basketball program through the Friends of Jaclyn organization, which helps improve the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors by linking them with supportive local sports teams. Christian was "adopted" by the Tigers during the 2009-10 season. He passed away on Feb. 10, 2011.
The passage below is to be read as part of a moment of silence prior to Friday night's game.
Christian "Crunch" Regulski was a beloved part of the Princeton men's basketball team. For the past year, we have had the privilege of calling Christian our teammate and our friend.
It was easy to forget what Crunch was dealing with on a daily basis. While we sometimes complained about school or practice, we never once heard Crunch complain about his battle. At his young age, he lived without dwelling on what he wasn't given, unknowingly reminding us all that life is precious, and that we should lead lives full of love and energy, as he did. He was strong and wise enough to teach a group of young college men through his example.
During a tight game against Marist, as Coach Johnson spoke seriously about our game plan going forward, he was interrupted by singing in the air. The source of Kanye West's "Heartless" was quickly revealed, and both the team and coaches erupted into laughter as Crunch continued singing, unphased. Coach gave up on the huddle, realizing Christian was all the motivation we needed. Game plans seemed immaterial with Crunch on our side. He wouldn't let us lose, and it's no wonder we were a perfect 12-0 with Christian beside us on the bench. Crunch was an inspiration to this team, always exemplifying courage and toughness.
Whether it was dinner and ice-cream at Friendly's, watching movies, or playing card games, we hope that we were as powerful an influence on Crunch as he was on us. We loved Christian Regulski, and he will forever be a part of the Princeton basketball circle.
-Princeton Men's Basketball Team 2010-11