June 18, 2019 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The area's best high school players will square off in the annual John Bos Baseball and Softball All-Star Games today to benefit Grand Rapids Community College scholarships.
GRCC and Cornerstone University are hosting the John Bos Baseball and Softball All-Star Games on June 18 at Cornerstone University's De Witt Field and the CU Softball Field. Proceeds from admission, which is only $5 for ages 8 and older, will go to GRCC’s John Bos Scholarship Fund.
Participants include two local players drafted by Major League Baseball teams.
Zeeland East's Adam Berghorst was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 14th round, and Holland Christian's Chris Mokema was selected in the 12th round by the Miami Marlins.
"This is a great opportunity to showcase some of the region’s best high school student-athletes and remember GRCC athletics’ proud legacy," GRCC Athletic Director Bill Firn said. "The John Bos tournament is a great tradition, and we’re proud to support our students of tomorrow by raising money for scholarships.”
First pitch for both baseball and softball is at 4 p.m.
Bos started as a physical education teacher at what was then Grand Rapids Junior College. By the 1920s, he coached all the men's sports teams: football, basketball, baseball, track, tennis and swimming. His teams were known as the "Bosmen" and won state championships in football (1923, 1924, 1926 and 1928), basketball (1925, 1927 and 1928), tennis (1927) and swimming (1928). He left GRJC in 1938 to become the head of the Grand Rapids parks and recreation department.
GRCC now competes in baseball, softball, basketball, cross country, golf and volleyball. Student-athletes receive academic counseling and advising, along with tutoring and peer academic coaching.
Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.