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 free-weight equipment.
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 Medicine.
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.