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Cheerleader’s Fight for Equality Earns Recognition from Creighton Athletics

Cheerleader’s Fight for Equality Earns Recognition from Creighton Athletics

"Fight, fight, fight for women’s rights," was Olive Odorisio Circo’s cheer while attending Creighton University. She will be honored for her efforts with the first Leaders for Life award at the Leaders for Life luncheon for women’s athletics, 11:45 a.m., May 5, at the Michael G. Morrison S.J., Soccer Stadium.

The Leaders for Life fundraiser, sponsored by Creighton women’s athletics, raises money for women's athletics programs. Headlining this year’s luncheon is Creighton Hall of Fame athlete and associate head women’s basketball coach, Tanya Warren. Also, speaking is senior volleyball player Molly Lahr.

Circo, the first women cheerleader for Creighton, was not afraid to stand up and fight for women’s rights. During a time when few women attended college, Circo stood up and fought for women to be part of the athletic program. Besides being an advocate for women’s athletic rights, she also was an influential woman in the business world. Circo was a business partner with her late husband, Sebastian, building Precision Industries, the largest industrial distributor in the United States.

Her son Dennis established the Olive Odorisio Circo Endowed Spirit Scholarship in honor of her achievement.

Posted: 5/4/2006