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Ruter rides on the record heels of his coach

On February 4, 2006, in a game against Doane College, Luke Ruter earned a spot in Dordt’s record book for second-most points scored in his college career. The Dordt College senior has played point guard on the varsity basketball team for all four of his years at Dordt and has racked up over 1700 points. His second-place position puts him just behind fellow alumnus and current basketball coach Greg Van Soelen.

Ruter’s accomplishment shows the enthusiasm he has for playing basketball.

“Sports are what I love,” Ruter says simply, leaning back in his chair with his palms over his knees. But more important than his love of athletics, Ruter feels a calling to use the talent he has for a greater purpose. “God blesses everyone with talents, and he blessed me with the ability to play basketball. That’s how I honor God.”

Ruter has participated in sports since he was in the fifth grade. He chose his major, Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, because it’s tied to athletics, where he knows his gifts lie, but also because of the influence his dad, Dave (’76), has had on him. His dad is the recreation director of the city of Sioux Center.

Ruter hopes to get a job as a recreation director as well. “Maybe I’ll be in charge of a youth league at a youth center or something,” he says. “I like kids, and I like sports. It’d be great to be able to work with both at the same time.”

“Sports gives kids a way to express themselves and use their gifts in a positive manner,” Ruter says. “It also helps them stay out of trouble,” he adds with a grin.

Ruter thinks of himself as a Christian athlete, and wants that fact to show both in his athletic career now at Dordt and in his professional career after graduation. When asked to explain what exactly he means by “Christian athlete,” he says emphatically, “Christian athletes need to be humble, be good sports, and accept winning and losing in a positive manner.” By “good sports,” he means “They don’t play cheap, you know? They respect the officials, the other team, and the fans.” “Christian athletes need to realize where their gifts come from,” he concludes.