Waldorf University’s Thomas O’Rourke and Hailey Kofron were honored with the Lions Club Sportsmanship Award during the annual Student-Athlete Recognition Ceremony held Thursday at Hanson Fieldhouse.
Presented by Jon and Robin Bliesmer of the Forest City Lions Club, the annual award that has been in existence for 49 years recognizes student-athletes who exemplify sportsmanship not only on and off the playing field, but also students who meet the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and leadership.
O’Rourke, a senior from Forest City and member of the men’s golf team, is very actively involved in the Waldorf community while maintaining a commitment to academics. He is a member of the Student Senate, serves as an Admissions Office Student Ambassador and has earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete and conference scholar-athlete honors the past two years. Serving as a great ambassador for Waldorf, O’Rourke has conducted tours to prospective students. His coach describes him as a “model student-athlete,” one who “performs well both in the classroom and on the field” while embodying the definition of great sportsmanship. O’Rourke has consistently been a top contributor to the golf team during his career. This season, he’s recorded two top-five performances and is averaging 78.38 strokes per round. O’Rourke will conclude his career with the Warriors during next week’s North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Championships.
Kofron, a senior from Crystal Lake, is a student-athlete who is actively engaged in the Waldorf and Forest City community while bringing a team-first attitude to the Waldorf softball team. She has served as a mentor for Forest City Community School’s One-on-One Mentoring Program. Kofron has gone above and beyond in spending time with her mentee, using not only her own money, but seeking out scholarships and other grants in order to buy new clothes and other school supplies for her mentee. She participates in numerous community activities with her mentee, including taking her to the swimming pool and bringing her to Waldorf athletic contests even though it’s not required by the mentoring program. Kofron also assists with various Little League and junior high teams during the summer. Aside from providing a boost to her teammates and displaying a high degree of sportsmanship, she has also been committed to academics and has been named an NSAA Scholar-Athlete the past two seasons.