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Gross Named Creighton Athletics Leader for Life

Gross Named Creighton Athletics Leader for Life

Rosemary Cenovich Gross, former professor and academic coordinator for Creighton’s athletics department, will be this year’s recipient of Creighton University’s annual Leader for Life award.

The award, which will be given at the Leaders for Life fundraiser luncheon for women’s athletics at 11:45 a.m. on May 1 at the Rev. Michael G. Morrison, S.J., Stadium, honors an individual whose actions have made a lasting impact on women’s sports at the University.

During her tenure as the first academic athletic coordinator she helped hundreds of student-athletes balance the demands of athletic and educational competition. Graduating from Creighton in 1957, she taught at the University for more than 40 years balancing the demands herself by teaching chemistry, math and computer science. To show her empathy for student-athletes’ lives and to show her sports boosterism, she and her husband Bob, a 1957 graduate also attended more than 100 games annually, often in inclement weather. In 1996, Creighton honored her with the Mary Lucretia Creighton Award, honoring exemplary fostering of learning for women.

“Rosemary led the way in the University’s commitment to student athlete academic excellence. Her hands-on approach and unbridled passion for education and sports is legendary,” said Director of Athletics Bruce Rasmussen.

Gross and her husband have three children.