posted September 10, 2009

Hope/Calvin Co-Host Memorial Men's Soccer Tournament

The Hope and Calvin men's soccer teams will co-host the Bergsma Memorial Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11-12.

The tournament honors the memory of Dr. Calvin Bergsma who died tragically in a car accident during the summer of 2001.

Hope and Calvin will each host games exchanging opponents Kenyon, Ohio and Wheaton, Ill.

The Flying Dutchmen (2-0) will host Kenyon (3-0) at 4 p.m. Friday and Wheaton (1-1) at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Calvin has a 1-1 season record.

A 1967 graduate of Calvin College, Dr. Bergsma was a West Michigan urologist who was known as a kind-hearted man who cared deeply for everyone. Dr. Bergsma was particularly close to his friends at both Calvin College and Hope College. He had family ties to both institutions as his wife Gwen (1968) and son Corwyn (1996) are Calvin graduates while his son Clayton is a graduate (2000) of Hope College. Clayton was a four-year member of the Hope men's soccer team while Corwyn was a four-year member of the Calvin men's basketball program.

Hope is the defending champion. The Flying Dutchmen and Calvin Knights have each won the tournament championship three times. Wheaton won the championship in 2005 and 2007. Kenyon is playing in the tournament for the first time.