The annual Hopey awards take place today at 7 p.m., where athletes and coaches will be honored for their outstanding performances over the past year. The event welcomes the public to attend with no admission at DeVos Fieldhouse, with semiformal dress recommended. Seniors teammates sit with their coaches on the court floor, with friends and family watching in the audience as awards are handed out. A total of 17 awards will be given at the ceremony. The Hope for Humanity award is traditionally given to an alumni athlete who has shown service and Christian commitment throughout their time after graduating from Hope. The Karen Page Courage Award recognizes student athletes who have overcome tremendous adversity to continue their athletic journey. It is presented in honor of former women’s tennis coach Karen Page, who lost a five year battle to breast cancer in 2009.
Individual awards are also presented at the event. There are awards for both men and women for: exceptional individual performance, newcomer of the year, athlete of the year and the “Be Strong. Be True. Male / Female Athlete of the Year.” The “Be Strong. Be True.” award recognizes athletes not only for exceptional athletic performance as with the athlete of the year award, but also for exceptional academic performance. It goes to a junior or senior who “embodies the Division III motto of Discover, Develop, Dedicate.” They must have a GPA of 3.75 or greater, be a significant part of their team and be involved in the community. Other individual awards which may go to either a male or female include: breakthrough athlete in an individual sport, breakthrough athlete in a team sport, comeback player of the year and role player of the year.
Team awards will also be awarded: MIAA championship performance, outstanding team and exceptional team performance. Throughout the event there will also be fun contests (sometimes with Kahoot!), free snacks and friendship will be shared as athletes are honored. Come out and enjoy the night!