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May 8, 2019

Dr. Paul Stricker Wins 2019 GLVC Bertram Alumni Award of Distinction

INDIANAPOLIS – The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) has named Dr. Paul Stricker as the recipient of the 2019 Dr. Charles Bertram Alumni Award of Distinction, it was announced by the Conference office on Wednesday. A former swimming student-athlete at Missouri S&T, Dr. Stricker will be formally recognized by the Conference at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car GLVC Spring Awards Reception in St. Louis on Tuesday, May 21.

Dr. Stricker was nominated by the Miners’ administration, led by athletics director Mark Mullin, and recommended as this year’s honoree by the GLVC Awards Committee.

The Bertram Alumni Award of Distinction is an honor that extends beyond one’s collegiate career. It is presented to an individual(s) that displays academic excellence, athletic ability and achievement, character and leadership, while serving their institutions with personal distinction since their graduation, and making postgraduate public or community service contributions to athletics at any level.

A 1982 graduate of Missouri S&T, Dr. Stricker has gone on to become one of 200 doctors in the country who is board-certified in both sports medicine and pediatrics.  He was among the first group of physicians to acquire the pediatric sub-specialty certification in 1993 and years later reached a unique and coveted position as a physician for the U.S. delegation at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, where he was the first pediatrician to be selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee for the Summer Olympic Games.

In addition to the 2000 Games, Dr. Stricker has also served as a team physician for USA Swimming, Diving, Soccer and Basketball, was the head physician for USA at the World University Games, and among other positions, served as a team physician for Vanderbilt University and University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Stricker has also served in prominent positions within the sports medicine field.  He has been a member of the executive council for the Committee on Sports Medicine & Fitness for the American Academy of Pediatrics and president of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.  On the national speaker circuit, Dr. Stricker has discussed pediatric sports medicine, health & wellness, preventive medicine, nutrition, and sports pressure, and has even penned a book for parents and coaches called Sports Success Rx: Your Child’s Prescription for the Best Experience.

For more than a decade now, Dr. Stricker has given back to his alma mater through service as a guest lecturer and a member of the S&T Dean’s Leadership Council.  He was awarded with the S&T Alumni of Influence in 2011 and inducted into the schools Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016, 10 years after earning his honorary degree.

During his time in Rolla from 1978-82, Dr. Stricker was a two-time captain of the swim team and earned All-America honors with a sixth-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley at the 1982 NCAA Division II Championships.  At that same event, the Miners finished 11th overall, marking the second-best national finish in school history at that time.  He earned three league titles under the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) banner, with school records in the 200- and 400-yard IM events and the 1,650-yard freestyle, the latter of which was an MIAA record. 

The GLVC’s Alumni Award of Distinction is named in remembrance of Dr. Charles Bertram. Dr. Bertram served as a professor and faculty athletic representative at the University of Southern Indiana and was a former president of the GLVC. He contributed a great deal of time, energy and effort to the league’s success and was instrumental in Conference operations for many years.

Past recipients of the Dr. Charles Bertram Alumni of Distinction Award include Julie (Thoman) Perry, Jim Thordsen, Keith Bailey, Deb DiMatteo, Dr. Alex Lentsch, Dr. Sandra Magnus, Pat White, Dennis Reinbold, Dr. David Porta, Dr. Steven Giles, Julie Fruendt, Dr. Jane Weaver, Jim Vargo, LuAnn Humphrey, Dr. Michael Bernier, Lois Taurman, Larry Tucker, Ron Romain, John Gibson, Francis G. Slay, Linda Deno, and Pat Sullivan.

 

Jeff Smith

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