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McDonald, NKU Basketball Star, Joins NKY Chamber Staff

One of the key figures in the recent rise of Northern Kentucky men's basketball is now working at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Drew McDonald, who first starred at Newport Central Catholic and then NKU where he led the Norse to two NCAA tournament appearances, an NIT appearance, and multiple Horizon League championships, started Monday as the Chamber's membership representative.

“Northern Kentucky is a special place to me and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity the Chamber has given me to be more involved in the community,” said McDonald. “I was born and raised here, and it’s an honor to be able to help support companies in our region and contribute to making it a better place to live and do business.”

“We are extremely excited about the addition of Drew to the NKY Chamber team,” said Brent Cooper, president & CEO for the NKY Chamber. “He will be a key player in supporting current members and in creating awareness regarding the many benefits of Chamber membership throughout the NKY business community.”

As membership representative, McDonald will be responsible for supporting the vice president of membership in managing membership sales, enrollment, renewals, and ongoing consumer relationships with NKY Chamber members.

McDonald finished up his time at NKU as the school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder. He graduated in 2019 with a degree in marketing.

Outside of work, McDonald serves on the board of directors for Ethan’s Purpose, a nonprofit organization that supports children in need of counseling and mental health, and volunteers with the Ronald McDonald House, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and Henry Hosea House. He also spends time visiting area elementary schools, speaking with students about the importance of an education and hard work. McDonald has spent the past three summers as a camp counselor helping children of all ages further develop skills and love for the game of basketball.

Members are invited to meet McDonald during the NKY Chamber’s upcoming Pints & Perspectives on Thursday, October 24 where they’ll also have the opportunity to hear from Northern Kentucky University’s new men’s basketball coach, Darrin Horn. Registration and additional information is available online at

RCN's Michael Monks will serve as moderator of the event.

-Staff report

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