JuliAnne, Will You...

JuliAnne Chisholm received an unexpected proposal at one of K-State's women's basketball camps.

June 22, 2011

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To some, Drew Rathbun's love-meter might read a 10, but as for romance, some might only give him a 2 or 3.
But wait, ole Drew knew that one of JuliAnne Chisholm's most favorite places in the world was Bramlage Coliseum, and along with volleyball, basketball was a favorite sport, and, she loved being around kids.
With that in mind, Drew's decision to ask for JuliAnne's hand in marriage at center court of the home of her beloved basketball Wildcats, and in front of a collection of 180 Deb Patterson basketball campers, couldn't have been a more pristine location for the "Will you marry me?" question.

It was around 10 p.m. last Wednesday when Patterson told Chisholm to go to center court to demonstrate how a drill was done for the scads of young campers.
"I was just standing there by myself not sure what she wanted and then I saw all the girls pointing toward the tunnel," said Chisholm.  "I turned to see Drew walking toward me and I was shocked.  I mouthed, `What are you doing here?'  I had no clue what was going on."
As Rathbun reached the 3-point arc, he pulled a small box from his pocket.
"I just went `Oh my,' Oh my,' `Oh, oh my,' I was in shock," said Chisholm.  "We had talked about getting married, but I thought engagement would come six months down the road.  On a scale of 1 to 10, my surprise level was 79.  I had no idea."
Earlier in the day Rathbun, a native of Bennington, had driven to Hillsboro to ask JuliAnne's parents if he had their blessing to pop the question after roughly 18 months of courtship.

"He said that's the longest drive that he's ever made, and that the wait of an hour back in the Bramlage tunnel for the special time at the end of Wednesday's camp session took forever," said Chisholm.

"Afterward, he asked me if he even said anything.  He couldn't remember, but he did say, `Will you marry me?' "

Chisholm, however, didn't answer in words, but only with a kiss.

The next morning Chisholm attended her philosophy summer school class, but she admits, "I wasn't a very good student.  They were talking about political philosophy, but I spent the time gazing at my ring."

While Chisholm was a four-year volleyball standout for the Wildcats, she moved to the basketball team last year for the second semester, and will complete her final hoop season in 2011-12.

As for Rathbun, he was one of the male practice players for Patterson's team two and three seasons ago.

"We don't play very often," Chisholm said when quizzed as to who might win a one-on-one match-up with her new fiance.  "We're both pretty competitive.  Neither one of us likes to lose, so it might be better that we don't play."

Oh, a wedding date has not been set. As Chisholm said, "We just got engaged and I wasn't even expecting that!"