July 19, 2013

Northwood Student-Athletes In The Community & The Classroom

The Northwood University Athletic Department annually sponsors its “Timberwolves’ 2000”, which is a goal of collectively performing over 2000 hours of community service each academic year.  This past year the student-athletes and staff knocked that goal out of the park by racking up a whopping 4613 hours of community service.            

“Every year we challenge our coaches and student-athletes to get out in the community and give back, and every year they respond,” commented Dave Marsh, Northwood’s Associate Athletic Director.  “This year, though, was off the charts.  Our student-athletes and coaches took it to a whole new level.  It was an amazing thing to see.”

The football team paced the community service effort with 1554 volunteer hours while men’s basketball (953), men’s soccer (768), women’s basketball (477), baseball (175), softball (160), and women’s soccer (108) all topped 100 volunteer hours.

This year the Timberwolves’ 2000 was part of a university-wide collaborative effort with United Way Midland County and the Dow Chemical Company called Campus Connection (C2).  Rebecca Rekeweg spearheaded the program which spurred on an increased effort by Northwood students and staff to volunteer in the community.

In addition to the community service, Northwood student-athletes also reached new heights in the classroom by achieving an overall cumulative student-athlete grade point average (gpa) of 3.18, including a spring semester overall gpa of 3.30.  Both figures are easily the highest marks Northwood student-athletes have ever recorded. 

“Obviously we are very proud of this achievement by our student-athletes,” commented Marsh.  “Our students are committed to excellence both on the field and in the classroom, our coaches are committed to having team study halls to help them succeed, and our compliance coordinator, Krista Plummer, does a great job in working with the student-athletes to aid them as well.  That combined effort certainly paid off this year.”

Nearly every team posted cumulative gpa’s over 3.0, including three GLIAC Championship programs. Men’s Tennis recorded a stellar 3.72 grade point average during the spring season while at the same time winning their 18th consecutive GLIAC Championship.  Volleyball had a 3.66 gpa this past semester after winning the GLIAC in the fall, and women’s tennis posted a 3.47 while also winning a GLIAC title.

Individually, Northwood boasted 149 GLIAC All-Academic award winners this past year, including the Northwood valedictorian, Madison Pines (Troy, Mich./Troy).  Pines, who competed in cross country, soccer and track this year, was also an NCAA Elite 89 Award recipient as the having the highest GPA among all competitors at the NCAA Indoor Track Championships.  Pines and junior softball player Stacy Klonowski (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) each earned Academic All-American honors this spring.

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