Ripon College athlete is Making a Difference

RIPON (WLUK) -- College can be a busy time in a life. There’s school and studies, and for some who are student-athletes, you can add games and practices to the mix.

But not only has a Ripon Red Hawk played four years of basketball, he’s been able to fit in hundreds of volunteer hours along the way, as he continues making a difference.

Jordan Stiede knows all about scoring and rebounding. But his greatest assists happen off the court.

“I think it kind of started with my parents," say Stiede. "My parents are both educators and they kind of got me involved. I think really starting at a young age it just kind of formed a habit and just kept through going through high school and college. I still keep doing that. A lot of different things.”

Here’s a partial list. Art projects with third graders. Habitat for Humanity. Basketball camp at Ripon. Even a month in the country of Morocco teaching basketball.

Stiede's coach thinks there's a big correlation between community service and court service.

“Leadership, selflessness," says Head Coach Ryan Kane when describing Stiede. "All that things that you would put in, that embody someone that’s a great teammate is Jordan Stiede.”

Stiede estimates he’s been doing 100 hours or more of volunteer work each year for the past several years. So where does he get the time to fit it all in?

“Weekends are a big part of that, because you have a lot of chunk of time on the weekends," says Stiede. "Instead of watching TV or doing video games, going out volunteering. Little more important.”

And for the hectic full-court press that makes up his life, the senior guard insists he’s getting much more back than he’s putting in. It’s just a matter of getting off the bench.

“I think even just volunteering for an hour, just going out in the community and picking up trash for an hour. That can even really help," says Stiede. "You might think it doesn’t help in that short amount of time, but it really does help that one person, and helping one person can make a huge impact. And just starting. Once you start, it kind of gets contagious. Might be kind of tough to start out at first, but do it once or twice and you really enjoy it and you can really build off that.”

Because of his community service, Stiede’s coach nominated him for the Allstate Good Works Team through the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Across the country in all divisions, fewer than 200 athletes were nominated. Stiede could learn later this month if he’s one of 10 students to win the award.

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