Women in Sports - Profiles

Grand Valley celebrates the achievements of women who have played varsity sports, club sports or majored in Movement Science.

These profiles showcase alumni and faculty members who have been empowered through their connections to sports or to the Movement Science department.

Nominate someone you would like to see highlighted at a future Celebrate Women in Sport and Physical Activity event!

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Doug 'Doc' Woods - 2016 Honoree

Doug 'Doc' Woods - 2016 Honoree

Woods served as head athletic trainer for 22 years. In 2008 he was inducted into the Michigan Athletic Trainers' Society Hall of Fame for his dedication and passion for the field.

Courtney Jones, '14 - 2016 Honoree

Courtney Jones, '14 - 2016 Honoree

Jones competed at the Triathlon World Championships representing Team USA, and founded a race marketing business.

Kim Hansen, '80 - 2016 Honoree

Kim Hansen, '80 - 2016 Honoree

Hansen has coached college and high school basketball, and said that playing basketball is what got her to care about her education.

Anna Tollefson, '09 - 2015 Honoree

Anna Tollefson, '09 - 2015 Honoree

Tollefson played high school volleyball at Kalamazoo Central and Mattawan and said coming to campus for sports camps helped solidify her decision to attend Grand Valley.

Jill Meerman, '88 - 2015 Honoree

Jill Meerman, '88 - 2015 Honoree

Meerman graduated from Grand Valley in 1988 and played four years of varsity basketball and one year of softball for the Lakers.

Susan Korzinek, '83 - 2015 Honoree

Susan Korzinek, '83 - 2015 Honoree

While at Grand Valley, Korzinek played one year of softball and junior varsity basketball. She left varsity athletics for intramural sports to better concentrate on academics.

Lorin Cartwright, '79 - 2015 Honoree

Lorin Cartwright, '79 - 2015 Honoree

Cartwright was the first woman to graduate from Grand Valley with a degree in athletic training and physical education.

Patti Rowe - 2013 Honoree

Patti Rowe - 2013 Honoree

In the early 1960s when she was in high school, Patti Rowe was told that she did not belong in a chemistry class. She was also informed she could not take the drafting class she wanted.

Joan Boand - 2013 Honoree

Joan Boand - 2013 Honoree

Joan Boand took advantage of an opportunity at a new college in West Michigan and, over a 30-year period, created countless opportunities for women to try, play and excel in sports.

Faith Heikkila - 2013 Honoree

Faith Heikkila - 2013 Honoree

Faith Heikkila played three varsity sports  basketball, softball and field hockey  at Grand Valley in the late 1970s.