Creighton University will dedicate the Rasmussen
Fitness & Sports Center at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 702 N.
17th St. Named for Creighton Director of Athletics Bruce Rasmussen, the
facility was made possible by generous gifts from Ruth and Bill Scott
and several other donors.
“This facility, along with the completed Wayne and
Eileen Ryan Athletic Center and the D.J. Sokol Arena, ensures that
Creighton remains competitive in attracting today’s students, who truly
appreciate comprehensive social, recreational and health experiences as
part of their college years,” said Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., Creighton
University President.“The center will also be instrumental in
encouraging and supporting our faculty and staff with their wellness
activities,” he added.
The 50,000-square-foot building with a mezzanine
will house a multipurpose field house with synthetic turf for intramural
sports and athletic team practices, a suspended two-lane running track,
and a fitness level furnished with cardio, circuit-training and
Ruth and Bill Scott have been long-time supporters
and friends of Creighton University. In 1995 the Scotts established a
scholarship for international students who enrolled in the School of
The Nebraska natives have deep roots in the Omaha
community and since the 90’s have donated millions of dollars to more
than 100 different organizations.
Exercise is part of Bill Scott’s daily routine.
“Several years ago I was severely injured in a fall. This experience
and my subsequent recovery reinforced the importance of health and
wellness activities for everyone, no matter what your age. This
convenient facility will be a visible reminder, for all students,
faculty and staff, of the investment Creighton makes in the whole
person—mind, body and spirit. And I can’t think of a finer person than
Bruce Rasmussen to honor with this legacy,” said Bill Scott.
Rasmussen, a respected former coach and current
athletic director has been with Creighton for 33 years, the last 19
years as athletic director. During his tenure, Creighton’s athletic
teams have risen to national prominence both on and off the field. Since
Rasmussen assumed the role of athletic director, Creighton has won 23
regular-season and 33 conference tournament titles, which have helped
lead to 60 postseason appearances. The Bluejays are the only school in
the 106-year history of the Missouri Valley Conference to make 15
straight men’s basketball postseasons, and have made the NCAA Tourney in
men’s soccer in 19 of the past 20 years.
Creighton is the only school in Missouri Valley
Conference (MVC) history to attract more than 200,000 men’s basketball
fans in a season (having done so seven times) and in 2008-2009 became
the first to surpass the 300,000 milestone, as well.
Creighton’s reputation as one of the nation’s top
academic institutions is reflected in the success Bluejay
student-athletes have had in the classroom during Rasmussen’s service as
athletics director. Creighton’s baseball, men’s basketball, women’s
basketball, volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s soccer
and men’s and women’s tennis teams all have received national awards for
their academic success. Bluejay student-athletes consistently own
collective GPAs of 3.25 or above. Rasmussen was inducted into the Omaha
Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. A member of the College World Series of
Omaha, Inc., Executive Committee, Rasmussen played a vital role in
seeing that Creighton and the city of Omaha remain as hosts of the
College World Series.
A native of Webster City, Iowa, Rasmussen and his wife, Jill, have five children: Megan, David, John, Katy and Grace.
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