Glen Oaks Foundation To Unveil Athletic Academic Recognition Wall
By: Mike Stiles - Thursday, October 21, 2021

(photo courtesy of Glen Oaks CC)

(CENTREVILLE) – Glen Oaks Community College has a way to recognize their student-athletes who achieve academic success.

The Glen Oaks Community College Foundation Board of Directors plan to unveil its newly installed Athletic Academic Recognition Wall during a ceremony on Thursday, October 28 at 5 PM in the lobby of the gym on the Glen Oaks campus. The wall features a display of panels listing Glen Oaks student-athletes who achieved academic recognition during their time on campus as designated by the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

There are more than 100 names on the panels since the organizations began keeping records back in the 1990's.

The wall was made possible through the generosity of Anne and Jim Freiburger of Colon. The Freiburgers approached the Foundation in 2019 about creating a way to recognize student-athletes for their academic achievements, which led to the development of the wall.

The idea for the project came to the Freiburgers as they watched their grandson, Nicholas Keller, play baseball at Glen Oaks. When Nick achieved all state academic status, the Freiburgers realized nothing was in place to recognize students who achieve academic and athletic success.

The Freiburgers says they have seen this type of recognition wall at other community colleges and thought it was a great way to acknowledge student-athlete achievement off the playing field. They also believed that as students are being recruited, parents seeing academics was a priority at Glen Oaks would be an excellent recruiting tool for the athletic program.

The public is invited to attend this ceremony.


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