The Northwood University Athletic Department annually sponsors its “Timberwolves’ 2000”, which is a goal of collectively performing over 2,000 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 4,613 hours of community service. The football team paced the community service effort with 1,554 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 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.
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.
- Travis McCurdy