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The impact of Ken (and Marcia) Mels' support of Trinity touches nearly every facet of the College. Earlier this winter, the alumni board paid homage to him and his wife during Homecoming by presenting to them honorary alumni awards. On April 24, the athletics department named Ken Mels the recipient of this year's Rich Kooy Award.

Kooy taught mathematics at the College and was a founding member of the Trinity Athletics Committee (TAC). The award that bears his name is given each year to a person who has contributed to the College's athletics program financially and attends sporting events throughout the year.

"I was delighted to hear that I'd won the award," Ken Mels said. "I know Rich personally and the kind of character he has, and it is wonderful for me to receive an honor named after him."

Mels is a regular spectator at most of the Trolls' basketball games in Mitchell Memorial Gymnasium. He also takes in a number of soccer and baseball games. A former college basketball player himself, he believes athletics is a vital component of higher education.

"It helps students to become more well-rounded," said Mels, a member of TAC. "When I played in college, I had better grades during that time than when I did not play. I was more disciplined with my time, and I think student-athletes tend to be more focused with the studies because of their involvement in sports."

During his 12-year term on the board of trustees, Mels served as chairman for two years and vice chair for four years. His two children graduated from Trinity in the 1980s, and both of them are married to fellow alumni.

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