Dave & Lois Stevens receive GLVC’s Kearns Service Award
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) has named Dave and Lois Stevens as this year's recipients of the Dr. Thomas Kearns Service Award, it was announced Tuesday by the conference office. The couple was recognized for their longtime volunteer service at the GLVC Basketball Tournament when it was hosted at Roberts Stadium from 2001-07.
Dave and Lois will be recognized by the GLVC at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Spring Awards Banquet in St. Louis on May 21.
When assisting the GLVC with its annual postseason basketball tournament, Dave and Lois were responsible for hosting the officials during all four days of the event. They would welcome the officials upon their arrival to the facility, escort them to their dressing room, and provide them with beverages and a meal when their games were over. They would also ensure the officials received their tournament memento and were always gracious hosts on behalf of the GLVC.
In addition, Dave and Lois were noted for setting up their volunteer workstation outside of the team dressing rooms, helping direct the participating squads to and from the court, as well as keeping plenty of water, cups, and towels available on the team benches at all times.
The married couple of 49 years this August was a fixture at the tournament in Evansville, and the officials selected to work the event were always very complimentary and appreciative of the warm hospitality they provided. Their smiles and encouraging words to the officials, student-athletes, and coaches helped to create a great tournament environment for all involved.
Their volunteerism was not contained to the GLVC Basketball Tournament either. They also served in a similar capacity in 2002 when the GLVC hosted the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship at Roberts Stadium, and were involved with a youth basketball clinic at Southern Indiana, which the league hosted in conjunction with the Elite Eight.
Lois, a former athletics equipment manager and building coordinator of the Physical Activities Center (PAC) on the USI campus, retired from the school in 2007. Dave retired in 2008 after a long tenure as pastor of the United Methodist Church in Evansville.
The GLVC Service Award is named in honor of Dr. Thomas Kearns, who was Northern Kentucky's faculty athletic representative for 23 years and provided unparalleled service to the GLVC during that period. Kearns served the GLVC as both treasurer and president during his tenure at NKU and assisted with the budget reporting system and the current revenue sharing policy. He spearheaded the league's first major expansion, wrote the GLVC Hall of Fame guidelines, served on the initial GLVC Awards Committee and developed and maintained the GLVC Handbook. Kearns spent countless hours developing the GLVC into one of the premier NCAA Division II athletic conferences.
In honor of Dr. Kearns, the Service Award is presented to an individual or group that has contributed to the success of the GLVC as it relates to the NCAA Division II attributes of learning, balance, resourcefulness, sportsmanship, passion and service.