Dordt College News

Opp and Wolterstorff Chosen As GPAC Nominees

March 26, 2014

(Wednesday, March 26; Sioux Center, Iowa)  Lauren Opp and Tyler Wolterstorff have been chosen as the Great Plains Athletic Conference nominees for the NAIA’s A. O. Duer Award and the Emil S. Liston Award respectively.

Named in honor of the NAIA’s former executive secretary for his 26 years of service to the Association, the A.O. Duer Award emphasizes the NAIA’s policy of scholarship in athletic programs.  The award is presented annually to a junior men’s and women’s student-athlete in any sport who has excelled academically as well as athletically.

Opp, a junior from Garner, Iowa, runs cross country and track for the Defenders and has earned NAIA All-American status in both sports during her career and Daktronics/NAIA Scholar Athlete accolades.  Opp majors in Health-Human Performance: Exercise Science and is completing minors in Psychology and Biomedical Sciences.

“Lauren’s athletic accomplishments speak for themselves and having her as a student in
class, she demonstrated her strong academic prowess. But it is her service-oriented overall
disposition that sets her apart. From taking time last summer (2013) to travel to Africa with a
medical missions team to a consistent presence volunteering for the local Family Crisis Center,
her passions for helping others are both local and global,” wrote Dordt College Dean of Chapel, Rev. Aaron Bart in the supporting material for the nomination process.

The founder of the NAIB and the first executive secretary of the NAIA, Mr. Liston was the prime mover behind the men’s basketball tournament.  The award bearing his name is annually presented to a junior men’s and women’s basketball player who has shown athletic and scholastic achievement.

Wolterstorff, a junior from Sioux Center, Iowa, started 33 games this season for the Defenders and averaged 11.9 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per outing while earning All-GPAC honorable mention honors. Wolterstorff is studying accounting and earned Daktronics/NAIA Scholar Athlete honors in 2014. 

“Tyler understands basketball is a fleeting experience, but to be the person he
wanted to become it was necessary to surround himself with quality mentors who would
challenge him spiritually, academically, socially and athletically. During his time on our
campus, Tyler has been an inspirational ambassador for student-athletes everywhere,” wrote Dordt College basketball coach Ross Douma in the supporting material for the nomination process.

The NAIA Council of Faculty Athletics Representatives will select the recipients of the national awards.

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