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Golfer is ‘Champions of Character’ athlete of year

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College received another Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference award at the KCAC Sport Management Conference Aug. 10 at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina.

Scott Crawford, KCAC Commissioner, announced Aug. 2 that Cameron Voth, Goessel, has been named KCAC Champions of Character Male Student-Athlete of the Year for 2009-10. Voth is the first recipient of the newly established award.

After two years at Bethel, Voth, a member of the Thresher golf team, who will be a junior, has a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.697. He was named to the Dean’s List or Honor Roll in all four semesters.

Voth is a regular participant in the weekly late-night campus Bible study. He is active in the Student Alumni Association and is working this summer as a student assistant for the Office of Alumni Relations. He is a member of the Bethel College Concert Choir as well as the small men’s ensemble Open Road.

Voth recently completed his third summer service trip to Kids Across America, a Christian sports camp, where he and other Bethel golfers taught golf skills and served as role models for inner-city youth.

“I am pleased to recognize Cameron for his efforts on the golf course and his commitment to service and academics,” said Crawford. “This award was created specifically to recognize this type of all-around effort. In an era where athletic achievement receives all too much recognition by itself, it is exciting to focus our KCAC commitment on the whole person and the various successes our student-athletes can have while enjoying the college experience.”

“[Cameron has shown his] servant leadership through the little things he does for others that many times go unnoticed,” said his golf coach, Gregg Dick, “and in his participation and excitement in the team service trip to Kids Across America camp the last three summers.

“This is a great honor for Cameron,” Dick added. “I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with him on our golf team and [in] the Bethel campus community. He works hard at everything he does and uses his faith to strengthen his character and the character of those around him. There are many athletes [in] the KCAC who are great ‘champions of character’ – I am extremely proud of Cameron for being honored with this award.”

Diane Flickner, Bethel College athletic director, who was named KCAC AD of the Year and also received her award Aug. 10, added, “Cameron interacts with others with grace, humility and respect. He is a thoughtful human being and has demonstrated his positive qualities in all aspects of his life from the moment he arrived on campus. Cameron is the type of student who defines Bethel College and we are very proud that he was selected for this outstanding conference award.”

The KCAC Champion of Character Student-Athlete of the Year Award was developed by the KCAC Champions of Character Committee to recognize significant contributions from a student-athlete who excels in classroom, sport and community.

Each KCAC institution has one representative on the conference-level Champions of Character Committee. Committee members vote on the award based on the pool of nominees. Each KCAC institution may select one nominee to be considered for the award. Representatives are not allowed to vote for their institution’s nominee.

Other nominees for the 2009-10 KCAC Champion of Character Male Student-Athlete of the Year were Kendall Banning from Bethany College, Spencer Brown from Tabor College, Zach Conroy from Southwestern College, Ryley Greenbaum from Friends University and Noah Wooten from University of Saint Mary.

The NAIA Champions of Character program was designed to remind athletes, coaches and fans to act in relation to core values in all aspects of life. Champions of Character core values are integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in Forbes.com’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2009 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2009-10. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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