California Athlete Inducted into Hall of Fame

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For Ruth Van’t Land-Parkes of CrossPoint Christian Reformed Church in Ontario, Calif., soccer has always been one of her passions. Now the Cal Poly Pomona University’s Intercollegiate Athletics Department has recognized her soccer achievements, inducting her into its hall of fame.

While attending Cal Poly Pomona from 1997-2000, Van’t Land-Parkes collected 76 goals and 29 assists, earning a total of 181 points. She was honored twice as athlete of the year by the California Collegiate Athletic Association. She was also selected as the D-II Player of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches of Association of America, the only Cal Poly Pomona student athlete to achieve that honor.

“It was an honor being inducted into the Hall of Fame,” said Van’t Land-Parkes, “I’ve been blessed and surrounded by so many wonderful people during my entire soccer career.”

Van’t Land-Parkes graduated from Ontario (Calif.) Christian High School in 1997 where she played varsity soccer all four years and earned numerous awards.

Marcia Van’t Land, mother to Ruth, said, “I and my husband, Tom are very thankful for Ruth’s talents, but what makes us the most proud is her humble attitude. She has been a Christian witness to her teammates, fans, officials, newspaper writers, and everyone she comes in contact with, and that makes her very special.”

Van’t Land-Parkes graduated in 2000 and is now married, with a 3-year-old son and another on the way. She manages an ice cream manufacturing company called Dr. Bob’s HandCrafted IceCreams.

Van’t Land has coached soccer at youth, high school, and college levels. “Playing and coaching soccer has always brought me joy. I’ve made so many wonderful friendships over the years through soccer.”

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Amy Toornstra is a freelance news correspondent for The Banner. She lives in Salem, Oregon.

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