Calvin fan collapses during rivalry game, leaves arena in serious condition


Photo by Ryan Struyk.

Update: Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 12:55 p.m. – We regret to report that the man who was rushed out of the rivalry game on Saturday passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital. Larry Faber was 79. His obituary can be found here.

Update: 5:30 p.m. – A Calvin spokesperson after the game would not comment on the current condition of the man who collapsed earlier this afternoon.

An elderly Calvin fan collapsed in the stands during the national anthem before the Calvin-Hope men’s basketball game and an ambulance took him to the hospital in serious condition Saturday afternoon.

Campus safety immediately started CPR and used an automated external defibrillator (AED) at least once, according to Vice President for Student Life Shirley Hoogstra, who praised the swift response.

“Campus safety trained for just this sort of thing,” said Hoogstra. “They immediately evaluated the situation and retrieved the AED. Our prayers are with the man and his family.”

Calvin officials declined to release the man’s name or further details on his medical condition, but they said his wife and friends were in attendance with him.

The man received medical attention for about 15 minutes in the stands, according to a short statement from Jeff Febus, Calvin’s sports information director at halftime.

An ambulance was called to the scene as soon as campus safety received the initial call, and Hoogstra said that student campus safety officers helped guide the ambulance directly to Spoelhof Fieldhouse.

Hoogstra said that bystanders were helpful by clearing room for emergency personnel.

Several other top Calvin personnel, including President Michael Le Roy, campus safety director Bill Corner, director of campus events Jeff Stob, women’s atheltics director Nancy Meyer and chaplain Mary Hulst, were also on the immediate scene.