Peter Stoepker earned his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies and Political Science from Hope College. Then went on to receive his Master of Arts in Coaching Sport Performance from Western Michigan University and then his Doctorate of Philosophy in Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. He now works as an Assistant Professor of Health and Community Wellness & Physical Education at the University of West Georgia. Stoepker is the Principal Investigator on one of the largest grants received in the history of his university; a project funded through the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation. The purpose of this statewide initiative is to increase physical activity programming for middle school girls as well as improve overall cardiovascular health. When he was a student at Hope he was a member of the Omicron Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, played on the baseball team and studied in Australia.

What was a favorite memory while you were a student at Hope?
It is hard to pick just one. So many outstanding memories were created.
How are you a different person today because of your Hope experience?
Hope helped me become a deeper and more critical thinker. It provided me with the tools and confidence that helped me obtain the position I am in today.
What was your favorite food at Phelps?
Chicken Sandwiches
What is something you love about your job/career path?
I love being able to share my love and passion for learning with my students.
What spot on campus do you miss the most?
Dow Center (Loved playing pick up basketball)
What was your favorite class you took at Hope? Why?
First Year Seminar, I really got to learn a lot about myself and it gave me time to reflect on the type of student/person I want to be
What has been the highlight of your professional career?
Recently receiving a $590,000 grant to provide school based physical activity programming to help address cardiovascular health issues among middle school girls across the state of Georgia.

Hope College is proud to honor Peter Stoepker ’10 with the 2020 10 Under 10 Award. The “10 Under 10 Awards” honors emerging leaders who are making significant contributions by living out their callings; engaged in the local and global community through professional and/or volunteer involvement; and use their education to think about important issues with wisdom and clarity, communicate effectively to bridge boundaries that divide human communities and act as agents of hope living faithfully into their vocations. Designed for alumni who are within 10 years of graduation, they are presented by the Hope College Alumni Association. Make a nomination today!

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