Grant Ringler came from Kingman, Kansas, to begin his freshman year at Tabor College in the fall of 1980. He participated and lettered in basketball and tennis all four years at Tabor. In the spring of 1984, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Natural and Mathematical Sciences with a concentration in Biology.
Grant's athletic career at Tabor began with the 1980-81 basketball season. He averaged 5 point per game his freshman year. During Grant's sophomore year he averaged nearly 9 points per game. His junior year, Grant was a team captain, averaged 13 points per game, and was named to the KCAC All-Conference Team. His senior year, 1983-84, was a truly outstanding year for Grant. He had season highs of 31 points and 14 assists. He averaged 19 points per game for the season and was the team's most valuable player. He was named to the KCAC All-Conference Team, the NAIA District 10 All-District team, and was also an NAIA Academic All-America. Grant also has the distinction of contributing to four KCAC basketball championships during his Tabor career.
Tennis was the second sport Grant excelled in while at Tabor College. Grant was the team's most valuable player all four years, and was named to the KCAC All-Conference Team all four year. Dr. Delmer Reimer, Grant's former tennis coach, had the following to say about Grant. "He had a strong work ethic and played with much skill and confidence. His competitive spirit and positive mental attitude were a motivation for our entire team."
For his excellence in basketball and tennis, Grant received the Tabor College Outstanding Male Athlete award his senior year, 1983-84.
After graduating from Tabor College, Grant attended the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry and graduated in May, 1988. Grant immediately joined a dental practice in Hutchinson, Kansas. He soon took over ownership of that business and has now practiced there for 18 years.
This July, Grant will celebrate 20 years of marriage to his wife Becky (Friesen). They have two children: Courtney and Thane. Grant currently serves on the elder board at Grace Bible Church in Hutchinson.
This August will bring Grant's fifth short-term dental missions trip to Russia through the Slavic Gospel Association. They will treat pastors and their families along with orphans. Grant says, "It is a great way to serve my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to spread the good news of the Gospel."
Grant began overseas missions between his junior and senior years at Tabor when he went on a six-week mission trip to the Philippines with the Sport Ambassadors Christian basketball team. That same summer Grant also traveled to Japan and South Korea for a four-week mission trip with a Christian tennis team sponsored by Sports Evangelism. Fund-raising for these two trips included shooting 1000 timed free throws and playing tennis for 24 hours straight. Grant comments, "These trips taught me the value of missions and the sacrifice it takes to make it happen."
Grant Ringler, for your outstanding career at Tabor College in basketball and tennis, we honor you today as a member of the Tabor College Athletic Hall of Fame.