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Calvin Announces Recipients of Bere’ & Tiemersma Awards

Friday, May 21, 2010

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan—Calvin College has announced the 2010 recipients of its highest honors for men’s and women’s athletics:  the Beré Memorial Award and the Kay Tiemersma Athletic Award.

Greg Snapper of Madison, Wisconsin, is this year’s Beré Memorial Award winner while Emily Ottenhoff of Palos Heights, Illinois, is this year’s recipient of the Tiemersma Award.

The Beré Memorial Award has been presented annually by Calvin since 1951.  The Beré honors the top senior male student-athlete, based on athletic ability, scholastic rank, character and leadership, and is selected by the school’s varsity coaches, its athletics administrators and its faculty athletic representatives.  It is given in memory of Joe Beré, a Calvin student who was killed in a 1949 auto accident on his way to watch a Calvin basketball game. 

This is the 36th year that Calvin has given the Tiemersma award—presented annually to the top senior female student-athlete.  The award honors Kay Tiemersma, the first woman physical education teacher in the member schools of the Christian Schools International organization, and a pioneer in women’s sports.  Its presentation is based on athletic ability, scholastic standing, and character and leadership.  The winner is also selected by the school’s varsity coaches, its athletics administrators and its faculty athletic representatives.

GREG SNAPPER

Greg Snapper Audio Interview

A graduate of Madison West High School, Greg Snapper has been a four-year member of the Calvin men’s soccer team.

As a member of the men’s soccer team, Snapper has been a four-year starter as a sweeper back on defense. He was named to the All-MIAA second team as a freshman in 2006 and then named to the All-MIAA first team in 2007, 2008 and 2009. In addition, he was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player in 2008 and 2009.

In addition, he was named to the Division III Great Lakes All-Region second team in 2008 and to the Division III Central All-Region first team in 2009. This past November, he was also named an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American, earning a spot on the second team in the college division of men’s soccer.

As a senior, Snapper led a Calvin defeated that posted 14 shutouts and recorded a goals-against-average of 0.67.

Snapper was a part of three MIAA championship teams at Calvin as well as three teams that reached the NCAA III Tournament. As a senior captain this fall, he helped Calvin advance all the way to the NCAA III Championship final in San Antonio, Texas. The trip to the NCAA III Final Four in men’s soccer was the first in Calvin history.

Tomorrow afternoon, Snapper will graduate with a biochemistry major and a Spanish minor. At Calvin, Snapper has been a seven-time member of the Calvin Dean’s list and a three-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll.

He has also been involved in Calvin’s summer science research programs, investigating cell chemistry and biology.

Next fall he will attend graduate school at the University of Illinois where he will seek a Master’s degree in chemistry. He plans a career as a research chemist.

Snapper is the son of Mike and Sheryl Snapper.

EMILY OTTENHOFF

Emily Ottenhoff Audio Interview

A graduate of Chicago Christian High School, Emily Ottenhoff has been a four-year member of the Calvin women’s soccer team and a four-year member of the Calvin women’s basketball team.

As a member of the women’s soccer team Ottenhoff was a four-year starter in midfield and was named to the All-MIAA second team in 2006 and 2007 and to the All-MIAA first team in 2008 and 2009. As a senior in 2009, she was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player, earned a spot on the Division III All-Central Region first team and was then named a second team NCAA III All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Ottenhoff helped the Calvin women’s soccer team capture four consecutive MIAA regular season titles, four bids to the NCAA III Tournament and two trips to the NCAA III Quarterfinals. During the span, Calvin was 71-10-8, making it the winningest four-year stretch in Calvin women’s soccer history. She finished her soccer career with 32 goals, 11 assists and 75 points. Over her four years on the pitch, she was a perfect seven-for-seven on penalty kicks. Of her 32 career goals, 13 were game-winners.

On the basketball court, she was a member of the Calvin junior varsity her freshman year and a three-year member of the varsity. As a senior, she was the starting point guard on a Calvin team that posted an overall record of 24-5 and reached the NCAA III Tournament.

As a senior point guard, she averaged 5.5 points and a team-leading 2.2 assists per game while connecting on 42.1 percent (32 of 76) of her three-point field goal attempts.

In the classroom, Ottenhoff is majoring in physical education with a minor in health education. She will walk with her graduating class tomorrow morning but will return in the fall to complete her student-teaching duties. She will also serve as a student assistant coach with the Calvin women’s soccer team. She was also a member of the 2008-09 MIAA Academic Honor Roll.

Ottenhoff has also been active in the community, volunteering in Calvin’s Ready-For-Life program, working with adults with special needs. This year, she has served as a ballroom dance instructor at Grand Rapids Ottaw Hills High School and was also a member of a mission trip to Costa Rica with the Calvin women’s soccer team in 2007.

Ottenhoff is the daughter of Tom and Kim Ottenhoff.

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1 comment on "Calvin Announces Recipients of Bere’ & Tiemersma Awards"
  • Greg Snapper, WOW, what a focused, centered, Christ like young man.  His humility is a preamble to his potential for service to mankind and to the God that he loves. 
    His Grandma would be so proud.

    Posted by Ruth Witsmeer on 06/01 at 11:08 AM