Supporters Make New Fitness and Sports Center a Reality
The Rasmussen Fitness and Sports Center, a key component of Creighton University’s east campus sports/fitness/recreation corridor, demonstrates a commitment to wellness for both the donors and the University. For benefactors Ruth and Bill Scott of Omaha, the decision to help fund the facility was based on personal experience.
Exercise has become a part of Bill Scott’s daily routine. “Several years ago, I was severely injured in a fall,” he said. “This experience and my subsequent recovery reinforced the importance of health and wellness activities for everyone, no matter what your age. This facility will be a visible reminder, for all students, faculty and staff, of the investment Creighton makes in the whole person – mind, body and spirit.”
Ruth and Bill Scott are long-time supporters and friends of Creighton. In 1995, they established a scholarship for international students who enrolled in the School of Medicine. When they became primary donors for the new fitness facility, they chose to name it after their friend, Director of Athletics Bruce Rasmussen. “We know there is no finer person than Bruce Rasmussen to honor for his ongoing commitment to student success and Creighton,” Scott said.
Dedicated in the fall of 2012, the Rasmussen Fitness and Sports Center is a multipurpose field house with synthetic turf for intramural sports and athletic team practices, a suspended two-lane running track and a fitness area with cardio, circuit-training and free-weight equipment. It is available for use by all Creighton students, faculty and staff.
Creighton University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., said the Rasmussen Center “ensures that Creighton remains competitive in attracting today’s students, who appreciate comprehensive social, recreational and health experiences as part of their college years.”