Peter and Sara Veldman

The wedding in Philadelphia on The University of Penn Campus on May-31-2008
Wedding in an Ancient Church
Reception at the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology

The Couple
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The Veldmans
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Sara's and Peter's Parents
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The wedding Party
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At the Museum
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A real Museum
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Father-Daughter Dance
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Mother-Son Dance
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Confetti Time

The Polonaise : Lang zal ze leven - May they live forever

Ivy League player of the week Nov-11-2003

Peter kicks overtime winning field goal at Penn

Penn school report

South Bend Tribune - Jan 17, 2003


St. Joseph's graduate a role model on and off football field


Tribune Correspondent

University of Pennsylvania place kicker Peter Veldman, a St. Joseph's High School graduate, led the Ivy League in scoring this past season as Penn won the league football championship.

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Entering this season, Peter Veldman just wanted a chance.

He watched from the bench his freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania, then split time with two other kickers during the 2001 season. All three returned this season, leaving a giant question mark over who would play.

"I was fighting for my football career," Veldman said.

A 2000 St. Joseph's High School graduate, Veldman emerged as Penn's No. 1 kicker and did his share to help Penn capture the Ivy League crown with an undefeated league record of 7-0 (9-1 overall).

Indeed, Veldman responded with an unforgettable season, culminating in his unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection and third-team NCAA Division I-AA All-American selection.

"Everything that happened far exceeded what I expected this year," he said modestly.

Taking advantage of the opportunity, he kicked a perfect 43 for 43 extra-point attempts and set a Penn record for most extra-points in a season. He also connected on 12 of 15 field goals, including a career long 42-yard boot.

His 79 total points, which led his team and the entire Ivy League in scoring, was the second highest single-season point total by a kicker in the school's 126-year history.

In addition to his feats on the field, the biology major was named to the Fall Academic All-Ivy team. Medical school awaits, with Vanderbilt his first choice.

One year remains to top this memorable season. Could a stop in the National Football League push back those plans?

"Not unless they want me to be the team doctor," quipped Veldman, the son of Tom and Anita Veldman of Granger.

His path to success differs from your typical college athlete. He didn't spend his summer sweating in a training room or practicing with his teammates.

Instead, he returned to Camp John Marc for the third straight summer.

The camp, located near Dallas, helps more than a thousand children suffering from such disabilities as muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and burn survivors.

Each week features a different disability, allowing the children to spend time with peers and experience what Veldman described as "the best week of their lives."

It certainly has had a profound impact on him, too.

"It gives you perspective on life. You learn to see people as people, not the first thing that pops into your head about them," he explained.

These special children have impacted his life more than any football accolades could.

The camp ensured Veldman could practice kicking by installing goal posts on the grounds. He even gave eager campers lessons on kicking.

His All-American status befits Veldman, not just for his football prowess, but also for being a true role model.

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Football's Peter Veldman Named Academic All-Ivy

Dec. 9, 2002

Princeton, N.J. - University of Pennsylvania football player Peter Veldman was one of 18 members of the Red and Blue to be named to the 2002 All-Ivy team. Veldman earned his first career postseason nod, a unanimous first-team selection, after leading the Quakers and the Ivy League in scoring, averaging 7.9 ppg (19th in I-AA). The Granger, Ind. native was also one of nine members of the 2002 Ivy League champions to earn a first-team nod, the most by any Ancient Eight school since Cornell in 1986. Only three other teams in Ivy League history have posted nine players on the first-team, including Yale's 1974 and 1975 squads, with the Elis' 1974 team placing a League-record 10 players. In addition, Veldman was also named to the Fall Academic All-Ivy team.

A junior kicker, Veldman helped Penn capture its third Ivy crown in five years, after converting 80.0 percent of his field goal attempts, going 12-for-15 on the season, including a career-high 42-yard boot in a win over No.4 Lehigh at Franklin Field on Sept. 28. Veldman also set a new Penn single-season record by hitting 43 extra-point attempts. He was a perfect 100 percent on point-after attempts this season. Veldman also recorded the second-highest single-season point total by a kicker in the program's 126-year history.

Veldman was named the Ivy League's Player of the Week twice this season, for the week's ending Oct. 20 and Nov. 17. The 6'2, 190-pound kicker is a biology major in Penn's School of Arts and Sciences.

The No. 16-ranked Quakers (9-1 overall and 7-0 Ivy) captured the program's 12th Ivy League crown and 11th in the last 21 years with victories over Harvard (44-9, Nov. 16) and Cornell (31-0, Nov. 23) in the final two weeks of the season. The Red and Blue's win in Ithaca last weekend locked up the program's ninth outright Ancient Eight banner, tying them with Dartmouth for most sole Ivy titles.


More points against Princeton on Nov-9

Penn Overall Individual Statistics (as of Nov 25, 2002) All games
|------ PATs ------| SCORING TD FGs Kick Rush Rcv Pass DXP Saf Points ------------------------------------------------------------- 
Veldman, Peter 0 12-15 43-43 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 79 
Faulk, Stephen 12 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 72 
Milanese, Rob 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 48 
Castles, Daniel 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 36 
DeSmedt, K 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 24 
Bolinder, Erik 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 18 
Recchiuti, Mich 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 12 
Plaza, Fred 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 12 
Kapusta, M 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 12 
Okolovitch, T 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 12 
Mitchell, Mike 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 6 
Galas, Roman 0 1-2 3-3 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 6 
Michaleski, M 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 6 
Pennington, C 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 6 
Alexander, V 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 6 
Phillips, Jack 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 6 
Belden, Travis 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 1 2 
Total.......... 46 13-17 46-46 0-0 0 0-0 0 1 363 
Opponents...... 17 4-7 16-16 0-1 0 0-0 0 1 132
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Peter keeps on rolling with 11 points and remains the high scorer of the team

Penn vs. Yale -

Football's Peter Veldman Tabbed Ivy Special Team's Player of the Week

Penn vs. Columbia

Peter -

Peter, the kicker on the Penn University football team
 - 8 points in the first game
 - 5 points in the second game


This is Peter in the St. Joseph High School uniform