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Gross Named Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award Winner


Published Date4\11\2012
Mount Marty College is proud to announce that Kylie Gross has been named the Great Plains Athletic Conference's Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character award winner.

The NAIA Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the NAIA and was created as part of the NAIA's association with Citizenship Through Sports Alliance (CTSA), a group including ten other organizations from the world of sports that seek to promote and recognize sportsmanship.

This award was created to honor Dr. LeRoy Walker, a former president of the NAIA and President Emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee. Dr. Walker is President Emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee and served as president through the 1996 Summer Games. It recognizes a current student-athlete who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, campus and community leadership embracing the five core character values of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative, athletic achievement and future ambition.

Head MMC women's basketball coach, Tom Schlimgen is excited for Kylie. "The GPAC Walker award is a very fitting way for Kylie to end her outstanding athletic career here at MMC. She has exemplified the highest standards of a student athlete. She can leave Mount Marty and be very proud of her accomplishments. She will be missed."

Gross, a senior women's basketball player from Yankton, just completed her basketball career this winter. She was named 1st Team All-Conference and was named to the NAIA Honorable Mention All-American team this past year, and led the GPAC in rebounding.

Gross, who will be receiving her degree with a major in biology and minors in chemistry, math, and English, is the daughter of Steve and Anita Gross of Yankton.

For more information on Mount Marty College’s basketball program please visit www.mmclancers.com or contact head women's coach, Tom Schlimgen at Thomas.schlimgen@mtmc.edu.