Veldkamp Commits To Defenders

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Veldkamp Commits To Defenders

(Wednesday, April 21; Sioux Center, Iowa) Ella Veldkamp, a senior at Southwest Minnesota Christian (Minnesota), has announced her intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender basketball and track and field programs.

Veldkamp earned all-conference honors as a junior and senior and helped Southwest Christian to three straight sub-section championships and section runner-up finishes. She averaged 7.9 points and 6.2 rebounds with 2.2 assists and 3.9 steals per contest while converting 47.2 percent of her field goals.

“Ella is a great addition to our basketball family.  She played for Denise Nerem at Southwest Minnesota Christian high school which is a perennial power in the state of Minnesota.  Ella is strong spiritually and will certainly make an impact in our program and the campus community,” said Dordt basketball coach Bill Harmsen.

Veldkamp has personal bests of 2:35 in the 800 meters, 1:05 in the 400 meters and 30.11 in the 200 meters. 

“I chose Dordt because of the great community and atmosphere, as well as how at home it feels. I know Dordt will push me in my academics and athletics, but also spiritually. I look forward to growing in my faith and pursuing God’s plan for life at Dordt University,” said Veldkamp.

Ella is the daughter of Rob and Tricia Veldkamp of Edgerton, Minnesota.  She plans to study Business Administration at Dordt.

Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive Christian college rooted in the Reformed tradition. The Defender athletic program is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and the Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA). 

U.S. News & World Report, Money Magazine,, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review all list Dordt on their best colleges lists. Dordt is home to approximately 1,500 students.