Tribute to Grand View Universityby Former Representative Tom Latham
Posted on 2014-01-07
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Mr. LATHAM. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and honor the 2013
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Football Champions,
the Grand View University Vikings.
Grand View University is one of eighty-five football programs across the country that compete in the NAIA. Each year, the best teams in the association qualify for the post-season playoffs to determine a national champion. Only six years after establishing a football program, the Grand View University Vikings have expertly developed a top-tier football team. On December 21, 2013, Grand View obtained its first-ever national football championship by defeating the top-ranked University of the Cumberlands by a score of 35-23. The Vikings finished the 2013 season with a perfect 14-0 record and the top NAIA ranking.
Grand View University's recent success on the football field is emblematic of its long-held mission for both academics and athletics. Since its founding in 1896, Grand View has instilled its students with an uncompromising focus on the traditional Danish perspective of the ``whole person.'' Through this perspective, each of Grand View's 2,300 students is uniquely enabled to reach their potential through high expectations, smaller class sizes, and greater individual attention from professors and coaches. It is through this winning formula that Grand View University has positioned itself among our state's premier universities.
Mr. Speaker, the pride and excitement that this team has brought to their campus and to the state of Iowa cannot be understated. The unrelenting commitment of these coaches and players speaks volumes about the Iowa work ethic and the rewards of working together. It is truly an honor to represent the players, coaches and families of this team in the United States Congress and I invite my colleagues in the House of Representatives to join me in congratulating our 2013 NAIA National Champions. I wish President Henning, Coach Woodley, and all the students of Grand View University continued success, both on and off the field, for many years to come.