Daniel Chappell had a "huge heart" and a dedication to his athletic training profession that benefited high school athletes, Grand Valley students and beyond during his decades of service.
Those are just some of the attributes being remembered about Chappell, '85, who died recently. He had spent 35 years at East Kentwood High School, according to his obituary.
Chappell also was a crucial part of the Grand Valley athletic training program, working with students to mentor and supervise them as they learned about the profession in the field. His work as a preceptor was recognized by the university.
"Students who got to know him saw what a huge heart of a mentor he had," said Shari Bartz-Smith, associate professor and athletic training program director. "He had a passion for helping others. He was just so dedicated to these students and the student athletes."
That legacy will live on in a scholarship fund established in Chappell's memory to assist students pursuing master's degrees in athletic training at GVSU.