S: Nathan, Always Remember...
FC: Be Where You Are Suppose To Be, Doing What You Are Suppose To Be Doing, When You Are Suppose To Be Doing It! this quote was from Mr. Ryf it was on the front of your basketball schedule your senior year
1: This is How Our Family Sees You: Big Hearted: Wants what is fair Kindhearted Makes People Laugh Loyal Friend: expects the same thing back Independent: you want to do things on your own even if you make a mistake Kind and Loyal: prov. 3:3 'never let loyalty and kindness leave you. Tie them around your neck as a reminder...and you will earn a good reputation. Forgiving: does not hold a grudge...is an example of Jesus forgiving others
2: Nate, The day you were born, began a new chapter in our lives. We went from being two individuals, going where we wanted to go and doing what we wanted to do, to two people who did not have a clue what to do with a baby. We were so proud to be your parents, to us you were perfect. When we took you home from the hospital, Grandma Roberts stayed with us, on and off, for about a week. Within the first few weeks, we had to take you back in to the doctor because your skin was a shade of yellow. They sent us home with a big light we had to put you under. It was very normal for babies, but for us as new parents, it was nerve racking. Once you were cleared from that, we could take you outside and show you the world. You loved to sit and look out our big living room window (we lived on Elm Street in Neenah) and watch the leaves on the trees move back and forth. At the age of one, you would talk and talk and talk. We could not understand what you were saying, but you would string together long syllables and add expression. Grandma Roberts said that was a sign of intelligence. "Ball" was your first word. I thought for sure it would be "mom".
3: After a long day with your mom, when dad came home you would watch out the window and yelled out, "blue fruck, blue fruck." This meant dad was home and you could now play. By that time of day, we were both excited to see your dad. When you were little, I worked part time. When I came home, I was so tired and you were ready to play. Many times I fell asleep while you were still playing. You always loved people. Everywhere we went, you wanted to engage in a conversation with those around you. Sometimes people would talk to you, and other times they would just smile at you. As you grew, I knew God had given you the gift of talking with others and not being afraid to address a stranger. Sometimes this gift has served you well. Sometimes it has gotten you in trouble. As your mom, I treasure the talks we have had over the years. You were never afraid to share what was on your mind. This has allowed you to learn as as you share what is on your heart with those around you. Your dad and I could not be more proud of the person you have become. | "The Joy of the Lord is our strength" Nehemiah 8
4: As you grew, you continued to be fascinated with balls. You loved the movie Space Jam. You would imitate Michael Jordan all of the time. When the Young Life kids would come over, you loved to play "Space Jam" with them. Arron Shaw, a high school Young Life friend, gave you the nick-name Nate-Dog. When you were 5, we moved to Winneconne in the spring. That fall you began kindergarten. The first day we had to send you to school, was not easy. To watch you get on the bus alone and head off to school, was difficult. You were so full of life. All you wanted to do was to be around other kids. We were thinking you were not ready, but you couldn't wait. Tess was born that fall, so I stayed home from my teaching job that whole year. I was always home when you came home from school. One day you came home and told us that someone laughed at your drawing because you colored a picture of yourself with gray hair and not blond hair. You learned to take the good with the bad. One day, when I was in your room helping out, your teacher told me there was a problem. You always wanted to be first in line. You would hurry to finish what you were doing so you could be first in line. One day you pushed a little girl over, so
5: could be ahead of her. We talked about how God's word says that "those who are first will be last in God's kingdom." I am not sure that it helped, but it made us feel good as parents. You never got in trouble in school. You always did what you were supposed to. You were kind to everyone. Math and science were your favorite subjects. Reading was never one of your favorite things to do, it still isn't.
6: When you were young, you said hi to everyone we met. I will never forget when we were walking down College Ave. in Appleton, one day when you were about 4 or 5, you made others smile just by saying hi to them. To this day, you still talk to anyone and everyone who will listen and talk back. You are just like your dad. | When you were about 1 year old, we were living in our home in Neenah. Dad and I were watching tv in the living room. All of the sudden, you were really quiet. When I went to check on you, I was shocked. All I saw was white cupboards and red marker. You took a red sharpie marker and wrote all over our cupboards. We quickly took a cleaner and cleaned off the cupboards. You were so proud of your artwork and did not understand why we were in shock.
7: In 8th grade, you got a serious case of staph infection in your upper leg. It began one Sunday morning. You were complaining about a pain in your leg. Your dad and I both told you that it was just due to playing football and sore muscles. You kept complaining about the pain, and we kept telling you that you are going to be in pain when you play football. By that evening, you were getting a fever and in more pain. Your dad took you into the emergency room. They sent you home. In the morning, we went back to Dr. Riddlehover. She did a blood test and sent you home again. Two hours later, they called and said you had an infection in your blood and you needed to head straight to the emergency room. Within a few hours you were diagnosed with staph infection. The doctors and nurses came quickly to do more xrays. We were in contact with a specialist at Children's Hospital. For two weeks you were in and out of the hospital. They ended up operating on you because the doctors found a mass of infection on your hip. Barb Anvelink came and prayed with us before they took you in. When they opened you up, they did not see any infection. We believe God healed you.
8: Aaron Rodgers After the Packers won the Super Bowl in 2011, Aaron Rodgers' true colors came out. He quoted: "When our family had its ups and downs, I knew my parents relied on God for everything, and he always got us through the rough spots." "I fall on my face and get back up, get on my knees and confess, and keep on trying to live for Jesus." he quoted Assisi, who said, "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary, use words." Psalm 91:1-2 (his favorite passage) " He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust." "I try to live my life in a way that reflects the Lord, he says. "I use that as a model as I relate to my friends and family, my teammates and coaches. I want them to see that I really love and care for them as individuals. I try to build relationships. I feel if you are not personally invested in the people you spend time with, then you are missing out on building a relationship and wonderful life experiences This is what I like about Jesus. Jesus is about relationships."
9: Aaron Rodgers (continued) " We all have a platform, we all have a message in our lives." "I just try to follow Jesus' example, leading by example." "God always has a plan for us, a path. Sometimes we wish we knew it sooner. But he always shows up His way." He also remains close to his two longtime accountability partners, Pastors of the Neighborhood Church in Chico, California, and his Young LIfe Christian youth group leader . | Grandma and Grandpa TeGrootenhuis with Nate.
10: "Your job is to do the best you can and let God handle the results." From "Facing the Giants" | 10th Grade
11: "People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It has never been between you and them anyway." Mother Teresa | Childhood Friends From Church: Spencer Anvelink and Catherine Bidwell
12: High School began a new era. You were ready to be out of the middle school box and into a new atmosphere. | * Basketball continued to be your first love all through high school. You dedicated every morning in the summer and many evenings to basketball. You played on AAU teams since you were in 7th grade. Your hard work and dedication paid off. We are proud of you. | Coach Larson, Ryf, and Gearu | Basketball: We love that basketball. We love that basketball. Now basketball is my favorite sport. I love to dribble up and down the court...Like Mike
13: You were able to play for your grandpa during one summer.
14: 3 on 3 at Lifest with Ryan, Jon, and Kyle | SENIOR NIGHT
15: Your senior year was, without a doubt, your best year. You were strong and determined. Up until the last game, you thought for sure your team would win the state championship. You should be proud of the hard work you put in to something you loved. | Mr. Ryf giving you your awards at the team banquet night. Awards Given: -team co-captain with Brad Koth -Mr. Hustle -most improved -highest free throw percentage (76%) | "Work hard in silence, let success make the noise." That is exactly what you did.
16: *You played football all through elementary school, middle school, and high school (except for your 7th grade year). We were surprised that you continued to play, because it was not your favorite sport. | *The summer of your senior year, Mr. Marinell asked you if you would like to go to Italy for a week to play football. You were not sure, but eventually said yes. It was a great experience for you. You played with an organization called "Global Football". Chris Salm and you went together for the week.
17: "If you will do what you can, God will show up and do what you can't." Joel Osteen | Global Football in Italy
18: Italy: April 14-22, 2012 | Itinerary: Day 1 Overnight flight from NYC to Rome Day 2 Transfer to Montecatini Terme (welcome dinner) which is a famous spa town located in the center of the Tuscan countryside. In 1387 hot springs were discovered, and since then spas have flourished. Day 3 Montecatini Terme (am and pm team practice) Day 4 Florence Excursion (team practice) Day 5 Rome (Ostia) via Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (team practice) birthplace of St. Francis, the founder of the Franciscan order Day 6 Ancient Rome-Colosseum and Forum (team practice) the colosseum was built by the emperor Vespasian in A.D. 72 Day 7 Holy Rome -Vatican, the dome, partially designed by Michelangelo, rises 452 feet above the ground, because he considered himself a sculptor and not a painter, Michelangelo hated working on these paintings, now considered masterpieces Day 8 Game Day- Game against the Italian National U19 Team, farewell dinner and visit the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon Day 9 Depart from Rome to NYC
19: The Colosseum held almost 50,000 spectators but was so well organized that the entire place could be emptied in 15 min. Gladiator battles and wild beast shows took place here.
21: While in Italy, Nate scored his first high school touch- down. The game was televised, so we were able to watch it on tv. He had a great time and learned a lot about Italy. He said they ate pasta and veal a lot. When they went there, they had to take things from the United States to trade with the Italian football players. Nate took a pair of tennis shoes. It was a great opportunity for him.
22: Nate was coached by Jeff Scurran, who is from Arizona (I thnk). Coach Scurran has been doing this for several years. | Notes
23: "I took courage, for the hand of the Lord my god was on me, and I gathered leadng men from Israel to go up with me." Ezra 7:28 | This page should have been first, oops. Nate and Chris Salm trying on their gear for the trip.
24: Music | Music has always brought you joy. Every since you were little we would dance and play basketball in the living room. You were in church plays, honors choir in middle school, and you continued in choir all 4 years in high school. The pay off for all of the hard work was a trip to Disney your senior year.
25: During your junior year, you were in a barber shop quartet with the McGinnis boys and Zach Palmer. You got a star first which qualified you to perform at state. | Mrs. Allen: Choir Teacher
26: Badger Boys State: You selected to represent Winneconne at Badger Boys State, what an honor. You were selected because of you are a man of honor and good character. We did not know if you would like this opportunity or not, but you did. You had to go to Ripon College for a week. Boys from all over the state came and you learned about government and your role as a citizen.
27: In 2011, Scott Walker was Wisconsin's governor. His son Matt, was a Badger Boy. Matt was elected governor of your group, so his dad had the honor of swearing him in.
28: "Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to." Source Unknown
30: Missions: FCA: FCA began in high school when you were a Freshman. Mr. Marinel and Mr. Kosciuk. enjoyed going and you met a lot of fun people through the large get togethers. Dad and I helped out. Mr. Marinel later nominated you to play Global Football in Italy. Poland: You were able to go with our church youth group to Poland during the summer of 2010. You were gone for about 2 weeks. Your mission was to teach Polish children English while teaching them about the gospel. Your jog was to teach baseball and English. You had a great time. When you came home, you
31: right from your plane flight to playing a game of basketball at the YMCA. We all thought you would be tired, but you played one of your best games ever. You were ready to be back playing the game you love. | leaving for Poland
35: "For the soul of every living thing is in the hand of God, and the breath of all mankind." Job
36: There was plenty of time for worshipping God. Some of the members of the Oshkosh group played in the worship band.
37: Karl Kramer led the trip. He made sure they had a lot of fun doing crazy things. There is never a dull moment with Karl. | Sue was also a leader. She loved Nate. They got along great.
39: And then it was time to go. It was sad to say good-bye to the friends they had met.
40: One of the things I love most about you is your ability to always smile. You find the joy in life. You never complained about getting up early and going in for 6:00 practices. You never complained about a call that you did not agree with during any of your sporting events. You always worked hard and you never complained. That characteristic will prove to bring you good things in your life. | When you graduated you received two scholarships. One from Radtke Construction and one from JJ Kellers. Each one was $1000. You also received a leadership scholarship from Crown College for $10,000.
41: Nate stood was an usher in Spencer and Anna Anvelink's wedding. | Graduation Pictures
42: CROWN COLLEGE ST. BONIFACIUS, MINNESOTA Called to Serve. Prepared to Lead. 2012-2013 "'Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.' John Wooden, legendary college basketball coach You wanted to go to a college where you could play basketball and study business. This seemed like a good fit for you. We packed up the car, all of us, and headed up to Crown College. As a family, we all bought purple t-shirts and sweatshirts. We were ready, the only problem was that it was a 5 hour drive. In order to watch your first game, we went to dad's shop and huddled around his computer where we watched your first college game. It was so exciting. I don't remember how much you played,
43: but we cheered as we watched you play for Crown College. As the year went on, we(everyone got to go except mom as she had to stay back and teach) traveled to Iowa to watch you play in a mini-tournament at Wartburg College. The year continued and you enjoyed your time at CROWN. You learned a lot about yourself and what you want out of life. At the end of the year, you decided that you no longer wanted to study business, but you wanted to study SPORTS MANAGEMENT. We all thought that was a better fit for you. So...thanks for the memories CROWN COLLEGE. | Cindy Schultz painted this ornament for Christmas the year you were at Crown. 2012 | We happened to be in Florida while the Crown baseball team was playing there.
44: A highlight of the season was beating Northwestern from St. Paul, Minn.
47: The summer you came back from Crown, you did some coaching at the YMCA for Domenic's team. You worked at the YMCA that summer after work everyday until 10:00 in the evening. You helped to run the high school basketball program. Once again, you never complained about working late hours. Once again, why would you complain, you were in a gym. | During Christmas Break at GCU you came home for a short visit. You helped Brad Koth coach the Freshman boys.
48: U. W. Fox When you told us you wanted to go to UWFox, we were a little disappointed that you didn't want to go to another university away from home. Even though we were uncertain this was the best move, we welcomed you with open arms. You were happy to be home and working with your dad at SQB as often as you could. It was a great way for you to save some money, make some money, and continue with your education. Your dad helped you buy a car, one that you were proud of. Now, you were feeling more independent. Your move to UWFox proved to be a great opportunity for you to continue to play basketball. Coach Rabis was one of the best coaches you have ever had. He was a man of integrity and honor. He had high expectations for you and was proud of your success.
49: Highlights of the Season *playing for Coach Rabis, a man of honor *working your way into the starting line up *having Coach Dick Bennett come and talk to you at practice *winning the conference *winning the state championship for WCC at Wisconsin Dells *after your last game, you coach said to you, "I am so glad your grandpa was able to see you play the best game of your career." (referring to the championship game)
50: Coach Lee Rabis Playing for Coach Rabis was an honor. He is a man of faith. On Sunday practices, he would try to encorporate something he had learned from church that day. He invited Dick Bennett to talk to the boys one day. Fun Fact:Dick Bennett knew Nate was from Winneconne and told him that he had interviewed for the Winneconne job the same time Ralph Larson interviewed. Winneconne decided to give the job to Ralph.
51: Nathan would often stand when the action got a little heated. I am not sure why, maybe he wanted a better view. Coach Rabis often had the guys on the bench cheering as the game went on, just to give the players some encouragement.
52: The Final Four of WCC Basketball played at Wisconsin Dells, Feb. 22 and 23rd This was an exciting day for Nate. He loved every second of it. UWFox ended up winning both games, and therefor were the State Champs. | Before the first game, Nate talking over the game plan with his coach and players. | Faithful Fans from Winneconne | The girls made a basket for Nate.
53: Ronda, Mike, Nolan, Isaac, Ryan, Paul, Becky, Greg, and Jacob were all at the 2nd game. Some of the girls from UWFox were there. | Ronda talking with Grandpa Roberts | Ryan and Dennis
54: Let the Games Begin.... | Nate had the honor of starting both of the state games. He always came out focused and ready to play.
55: This would be the last game Nate played of his basketball career. It was a great way to end his basketball obsession. I always said Nate would play basketball anytime any day anywhere. He loved everything about playing basketball.
56: Time to Celebrate State Championship | When Nate came out of the game, coach congratulated him on playing the game of his career.
62: My Hero My dad has brown eyes, brown hair, big broad shoulders, a short neck. He stands at about 6 feet tall, and his arms are as big as a truck. He likes to call them his 24 inch pythons, when he is comparing his arms to mine. My hero would have to be my dad. My dad is a great person because he is funny, talented, and a lovable person. Basketball is a passion we both share. He helps me with my shooting all of the time. He is always pushing me. Everyday he asks me if I lifted or did something that will help me in the long fun. In the summer, I have to shoot 100 shots, at least, a day. Sometimes it is annoying, but it is all for the best in the end. When it is just us guys on the court, he and my brother do crazy and funny things. He has taught me to push as hard as possible, but also to know when to rest. Sharing this passion makes our relationship stronger. My dad acts tough, but on the inside he is soft and filled with mercy. One day, I asked my mom if I could go four wheeling. She said that I could. I decided to go out in the field behind our house. Right in front of the field, there was a creek and a bridge without railings. So, I zoomed to the edge of the creek and I needed to tun onto a bridge. I was going too fast and could not turn, so I flipped the four wheeler into the creek. When I got out, I was
63: head to toe in mud. My own mother didn't even recognize me. When I went back to the house, my dad didn't yell at me. He just asked if I was okay and said, "Let's get the four wheeler out." I was shocked. His words proved to me that he loves me. | Nate wrote this in school. I found it while I was putting this book together. Nate always listened to his dad. He may not have always agreed with him, but he was always respectful.