Senior David Stewart, left, and first-year student Camden
Schuessler were part of the student officiating crew for the NIRSA
Regional Basketball Tournament in February at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Through his time at Grand Valley, senior David Stewart has been a
fixture in the intramural sports program. Stewart has officiated games
since he was a first-year student, rising through the ranks to his
current role as supervisor of intramural officials.
This weekend, he’ll get a rare opportunity on a national stage.
Stewart was selected to join the officiating crew for the National
Intramural-Recreational Sports Association’s National Basketball
Tournament at Wichita State University in Kansas.
“Getting selected for the national tournament means the absolute
world to me,” said Stewart. “I have been working hard at my craft in
officiating, and it’s very rewarding to see all of that work pay off.”
Stewart earned his spot at the national tournament after officiating
an NIRSA Regional Tournament in February at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. NIRSA staff evaluated and graded student officials
with the top three referees selected for the national tournament.
“David was given this award as an all-tournament official because of
his effort, crew communication and excellent mechanics,” said Bryce
Muller, intramural sports and community programs coordinator. “These
are things that David worked on as an IM Sports official and to see
his hard work pay off is really amazing. I’m very proud of him.”