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Susan Robinson Fruchtl
Susan Robinson Fruchtl: Coaching the future

Former Penn State women’s basketball player, now administrator, guides student-athletes as they pursue their dreams.

Heather Taggart: Educating with a purpose

Desire to educate, learn and adapt drives former University of Wisconsin-Madison athlete to succeed in medical career.

Ken Carlson: Goals, gumption and grit

For Ken Carlson, the journey to an award-winning career making films began on the gridiron playing defense in high school.

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.

Nick Harriott
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.

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