Life After the Game

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Larry Tucker: Being a student-athlete was principle to his success

The former basketball standout at Lewis University leads by example in helping his Marist High School students in Chicago set goals, work hard and never give up.

Beth Brooke-Marciniak: Failure is not an option

A pioneer of sorts, in 1977 Brooke-Marciniak was in the first class of women recruits at Purdue University to receive a basketball scholarship. She continues to pave way for women in the workplace today and has been named to Forbes Magazine’s listing of the world’s 100 most powerful women seven times.

Ali Sullivan: Ahead of the field

For as long as she can remember, Ali Sullivan has gotten her kicks playing soccer. Now she’s distinguishing herself in a different field as an industrial engineering senior manager at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Timmy Newsome: Working through the gridiron

Timmy Newsome became the quintessential Dallas Cowboys after graduating from Winston-Salem State University. But few realized he worked as a computer programmer in the off-season that ultimately led to him starting his own company, Newtec, after retiring from the NFL.

Mannie Jackson: 2015 Theodore Roosevelt Award Honoree

Born in a boxcar, Jackson’s talent on and off the court led him to the highest levels of the game, the board room, and now the NCAA. Jackson attributes much of his success to his experiences at the University of Illinois, Champaign, and is now giving back to his alma mater in a unique way.

Rob Summers: Making history with every step

As a former baseball student-athlete at Oregon State University, Rob Summers was living the dream with a national championship behind him and a possible major league career in front of him.  But it all changed in an instant when a tragic accident left him with a different dream: merely to walk again. Now the former baseball player is changing the face of paralysis and offering hope for millions who suffer debilitating spinal injuries.

Violet Palmer: Ball is on her court

Scared out of her wits, Violet Palmer made history Halloween night in 1997 when she became the first woman to officiate a regular-season NBA game.  The former Division II basketball player has since gone on to referee more than a thousand games at the highest level of basketball, including the NBA playoffs.

Kristina Baskett: Head over heels

With the foundation of a solid college education behind her, Kristina Baskett has managed to parlay her love for gymnastics into a thriving career as a Hollywood stunt performer.

Jason Hardebeck: From the love of sport to infinity and beyond

When Jason Hardebeck entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983, he wanted to be an F-14 Tomcat fighter jet pilot before moving on to become an astronaut. His dreams to soar were inspired by the newly released Hollywood blockbuster movie Top Gun. But much as Tom Cruise’s character Maverick’s journey didn’t turn out as planned, neither did Hardebeck’s.

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