Zeeland Recreation, a community organization in Zeeland, Michigan, honored Royal Park Place resident (Gerald) Jerry Grooters as Honorary Referee on February 9 during the sold out Zeeland East and Zeeland West basketball game.
Jerry Grooters was born in 1928 and graduated from Holland High School, where he, of course, played football. He graduated from Hope College where he continued his love for football. In addition, Jerry served our country while stationed in the Pacific during World War II.
Jerry’s career in education included 35 years as both social studies teacher and counselor. While at Zeeland, he coached football and tennis from 1953-1962. He coached two undefeated football teams in 1955 and 1960.
In addition to Jerry’s rich history as a teacher, mentor, and coach, he also loves biking. He once biked from San Diego to Florida, covering 2,800 miles. Last summer, 3 weeks before his 90th birthday, he biked 700 miles.
Jerry Grooters is also a member of Faith Reformed Church in Zeeland and resides at Royal Park Place, where he is loved by all.