January 25, 2013

Steeb-Gronau to Highlight 2013 Girls and Women in Sports Celebration

SAINT LEO, Fla. - The Saint Leo University Department of Athletics will pay tribute to the 27th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Thursday, February 7, 2013.  The Lions have announced that NCAA Director of Division II Terri Steeb-Gronau, has been selected as the recipient of the Saint Leo Women in Sports Achievement Award, and will be the guest speaker for the evening’s ceremony as Saint Leo celebrate this year’s theme, “Girls in Sports, An Investment in the Future”. 

“I am honored to be recognized by Saint Leo University with the “Girls and Women in Sports Achievement Award” as a part of the National Girls and Women in Sports Day Celebration,” said Steeb-Gronau on the honor.  “As a part of this celebration, we recognize the achievements and accomplishments of all women in sports, both past and current.  I am humbled to be part of a group that includes former honorees and trailblazers like Judy Sweet, Merrily Dean Baker, Dot Richardson and Annika Sorenstam.” 

Saint Leo, which has one of the longest-running Girls and Women in Sports Day celebrations in the state of Florida, will honor Steeb-Gronau as the 18th recipient of the award.   She has been with the NCAA National Office for twelve years and currently serves as the Director of Division II, a position she has held since October 2004. 

In her responsibilities, Steeb-Gronau works with various groups and committees within the Division II governance structure, including the Division II Presidents Council and Management Council.  She also manages the Division II budget; monitors Division I and III governance issues; and oversees the implementation of various Division II strategic initiatives, including the National Championships Festivals, strategies for communication and policy-making and the division’s strategic plan.

Prior to her current position, she worked with the NCAA Academic and Membership Affairs staff and served as an Associate Director and Division II Governance Liaison.  Her duties included working with the Division II Academic Requirements Committee, Division II Legislation Committee and the Division I Academics/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet Subcommittee on Continuing Eligibility. 

Steeb-Gronau went on to add, “Sports has given me so many opportunities and many that I never could have imagined.  As we celebrate girls and women in sports, it is important that we never forget the struggles that existed for women in our past and in the present; and that we continue to strive for equality and access to ensure all girls have opportunities to participate in sport.”

In her career Steeb-Gronau has been the recipient of several honors, including the 2012 NACWAA Administrator of Year Award, 2012 Division II Conference Commissioners Association’s Award of Merit; the 2011 David Knight Award recognizing exceptional service and dedication to the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association (FARA); and was a finalist for the 2010 and 2012 Junior Achievement Best and Brightest Award.  Additionally, she is a graduate of the 2009 NACWAA Leadership Enhancement Institute and the 2006 NACWAA/HERS program.  She is also a 2008 graduate of the Hoosier Fellows Program.  The program’s mission is to enhance the leadership skills of a small group of high-potential leaders through a year-long study of leadership with the Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence.

After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she was a four-year varsity letter winner in volleyball, Steeb-Gronau received her graduate degree in Sports Administration and Facility Management from Ohio University.  She and her husband, Ty, reside in Carmel, Indiana.

The evening will begin with a 6 p.m. reception, followed by a dinner and awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m.  Both events will take place in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms.  Tickets are priced at $35, and seating is limited.  Those interested in purchasing a table sponsorship can now do so for $200, a cost that includes five tickets and additional program recognition.

For more information on Saint Leo University’s celebration of the 27th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day, or to purchase tickets, please contact Goeun Lee at (352) 588-7251 or via email at goeun.lee@saintleo.edu.