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Puffer, Johnson and Rumenapp: Prepared to serve

The lessons three former student-athletes learned at the State University of New York at Oneonta prepared them for a career of civil service.

Tom Catena: Man on a mission

From Brown University to war-torn central Sudan, Tom Catena dedicates himself as the only trained doctor/surgeon serving close to 1 million people.

2016 NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award: Peter Ueberroth

If not for the opportunity provided by the water polo scholarship that resulted from a tryout, the future Time magazine "Man of the Year" said he wouldn’t even have attended college. Peter Ueberroth’s experience at San Jose State served as a springboard to a career spent at the highest levels of business and sports.

Dan Jacobson: Every stroke counts

Former North Dakota swimmer Dan Jacobson pushes his limits to help feed Burmese refugees along the war-ridden Thai-Burma border.

Brian Griese: From Michigan quarterback to servant leader

Brian Griese went to the University of Michigan with a focus on earning his degree so he could make a difference. Following an 11-year career in the NFL, Griese turned his attention toward helping those who encountered similar struggles to what he faced as a youngster.

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.

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Nick Harriott: Soccer opened doors for education and success

For Nicholas Harriott, playing soccer was more than sport. It was a transformational opportunity to overcome life’s hardships.

David Hilmers: Out of this world

Like his dad, Dr. David Hilmers could be considered something of a jack-of-all-trades. He just chose different pursuits. Hilmers started as a three-sport student-athlete before graduating summa cum laude, moved on to become a Marines...

Kristian Schroder: Passing the torch

When Kristian Schroder launched his LinkedIn group in 2008 in hopes of connecting to other former student-athletes, he had no idea how large it would become. Now more than 24,000 members strong, the NCAA Athletes in the Workspace...

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