Dordt College News

Keizer Wins National Award

May 8, 2012

(Tuesday, May 8; Sioux Center, Iowa) Shawn Keizer is the male recipient of the NAIA’s 2012 A.O. Duer Award.

Keizer has been a part of the Dordt College basketball program for three seasons and has played in all 96 games for the Defenders and has scored 543 points.

Keizer prepped at Western Christian High School in Hull and is a Sioux Center, Iowa native.  He is majoring in biology and plans to attend medical school upon graduating Dordt College.  He has a 3.96 cumulative grade point average and earned NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete honors this season.  Keizer also completed a summer missionary trip with the Siouxland Tanzania Educational Medical Ministries in summer 2011 to Tanzania, Africa.

"Shawn had a storied high-school career as a player, but he also brought with him an understanding that education was paramount and the idea that becoming a medical doctor would allow him to use his gifts to assist others," said Dordt head men's coach, Ross Douma. "His mindset has since permeated our program as many of his teammates have followed his lead in trying to reach their potential as student-athletes."

The Duer Award was established in 1967 to recognize a junior male and female student-athlete who has excelled in character, playing ability, and scholarship. The award is named after former NAIA executive director Al Duer, who constantly sought to promote an integration of education and sport in the NAIA, reflecting an ideal balance between work and play, body, mind and spirit. Candidates must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale.

Keizer is the first Dordt College student-athlete to win the Duer Award.

The 2011-2012 Dordt College Defender men’s basketball team won the GPAC regular season title and advanced to the NAIA Men’s Division II National Tournament quarterfinal round before ending its season with a 30-5 record. 

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