June 12, 2018 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The area's best high school players will square off in a baseball and softball tournament to benefit Grand Rapids Community College scholarships.
GRCC will host the John Bos Baseball and Softball All-Star Games on June 19 at Cornerstone University's De Witt Field and the CU Softball Field. Proceeds from admission, which is only $5 for ages 10 and older, will go to the college's John Bos Scholarship Fund.
"This is a great opportunity to reflect on the proud past of GRCC athletics, and also look to the future," GRCC Athletic Director Bill Firn said. "We're proud to carry on a tradition of showcasing West Michigan's talented baseball and softball players."
All games will last one hour and 45 minutes or seven innings -- whichever comes first. The tournament kicks off with games at 4 p.m.
Bos started as a physical education teacher at what was then Grand Rapids Junior College. By the 1920s, he coached all the men's sports teams: football, basketball, baseball, track, tennis and swimming. His teams were known as the "Bosmen" and won state championships in football (1923, 1924, 1926 and 1928), basketball (1925, 1927 and 1928), tennis (1927) and swimming (1928). He left GRJC in 1938 to become the head of the Grand Rapids parks and recreation department.
GRCC now competes in baseball, softball, basketball, cross country, golf and volleyball. Student-athletes receive academic counseling and advising, along with tutoring and peer academic coaching.
GRCC had a record-setting 17 athletes named NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award winners this month, including softball players Makayla Beld, Stephanie Kruskie, Andrea Chipman and Aaron Kietzman. Baseball player Alec Overbeek was named to the First Team All-MCCAA roster.
Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.