Sister Rose Ann Fleming, athletic academic advisor at Xavier University, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cincinnati Sports Professionals Network 2013 awards dinner on Wednesday, May 8.
Since she became Xavier’s academic adviser in 1985, Fleming has helped graduate every men’s basketball player who has reached his final year of athletic eligibility. In 1991, then-coach Pete Gillen named her the men’s basketball team’s Most Valuable Player. In 2000, she was inducted into Xavier’s athletic hall of fame. "I try to make sure each student feels he or she is a special individual," she said.
Fleming came to Xavier in 1982 after serving as the president of Trinity College in Washington. She joined the Xavier faculty so she could also work toward an MBA and a law degree. She also has a PhD in educational administration from Miami University, which helped her in her counseling role.
The Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic has been named Sports Event of the Year. The annual game between the Xavier Musketeers and the UC Bearcats was known as the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout. It was renamed and repurposed to show its benefit for all of Cincinnati. Proceeds from the first Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic benefitted the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The game was played on Dec. 19 at U.S. Bank Arena. In October, a collaborative team of students from each school participated in the Bridges Walk for a Just Community, an annual 5K event celebrating the rich ethnic and cultural heritage of the Cincinnati region. That was followed in November by a tour of the Freedom Center for members of the Xavier and UC men’s and women’s basketball teams and an XU-UC Day at the Freedom Center for students, staff and alumni of both schools that included displays about community engagement, service and collaboration at each school. XU-UC Day at the Freedom Center tripled the Freedom Center’s average attendance for the day.
University of Cincinnati head football coach Tommy Tuberville will be the keynote speaker at the banquet, which will be at the Sharonville Convention Center. A reception starts at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Dan Hoard is the emcee of the event. Tickets are $75 each or a table of 10 for $700. VIP tickets also are available, by contacting the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation at 513-345-3054. Other awards will be given to Marty Brennaman, Cincinnati Bell Technology Services, Bob Castellini and Walt Jocketty, Dave Lapham, and the area’s 2012 Olympians.