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Multnomah Student Receives Top Basketball Awards


Nicolaas (Nick) Kamlade, III won the David Terry award from the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA) and the Pete Maravich Memorial Award from the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) in March, 2010. Kamlade is the second Multnomah player to receive the Maravich award and the first to receive the David Terry award. Henry Barrera won the Maravich award in 1998. Both awards are the highest honor that each association gives out to an individual player.

The David Terry Award

The ACCA presents the David Terry Award to the basketball player who shows excellence in the game, in Christian service and in leadership.

The Maravich Award

The NCCAA gives the Maravich award to college senior athletes who exhibit vital Christian testimony on and off the court, outstanding leadership qualities, high skills and good academic standing.

About Nick Kamlade

Originally, Kamlade only wanted to go to Bible college for a year and planned to become a diesel mechanic. Eventually, men's basketball coach Curt Bickley convinced Kamlade to come to Multnomah for a full four years and play basketball. After Kamlade graduates from Multnomah this spring with a Bible degree and a history minor, he plans to pursue a two-year diesel certificate.

At Multnomah, Kamlade has been a starter for all four seasons and served as team captain for the last two. During his basketball career, Kamlade scored 2298 points - the second-highest all-time scorer at Multnomah - and led his team in steals during all four years. Kamlade holds several career records at Multnomah:  first in games played (141); second in assists (526); first in free throws made (583); and first in free throws attempted (801).

He raised support to go on two separate mission trips to Taiwan, where he worked with kids at basketball clinics and church youth groups. Kamlade visits twice a month with wheelchair-bound children at the Providence Children's hospital in Portland, Oregon. He also helps with a free basketball clinic on a Native American Indian reservation in Washington State each year. Kamlade is a Bible and Theology major and is very involved in his local church.


"As Nick's head coach, I am so pleased that he won these awards because I believe that, above all else, this is what the sports program at Multnomah University is meant to represent," Coach Curt Bickley said. "Nick spent four years at Multnomah, will graduate on time, never missed a practice or was ever late, got involved in our ministry outreach for four years and was a great player on the floor as well."

"I've really appreciated and cherished the four years Nick has been here at Multnomah University," Athletic Director Lois Vos said. "He has truly earned these awards, and I am very proud of him. Nick has the proud honor of being the second recipient in Multnomah's history to receive this highest basketball award. It's been a blessing that we have the opportunity for young men like Nick to play basketball here at Multnomah, and we would like to keep this tradition going."

About Multnomah

Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, a graduate school, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's and master's degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.