‘Privilege & excitement’: Trailblazing athletics director inducted into Hall of Fame at Indiana U.

Leanne

The black and white photo of Leanne Grotke-Andreas will hang in the Indiana University’s Hall of Fame. Andreas’ family from as far as Wyoming, Colorado, and North Carolina were on hand for the inductees’ dinner and to watch her receive her award.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 16:28 PM.

 

There wasn’t much of a women’s athletic department at Indiana University when Leanne Grotke-Andreas began her career there in 1965.

It was a time when “women’s athletics were limping along and men’s were flying across the country,” said the 20-year Miramar Beach resident.

But in her 13 years at the school, she built a successful women’s athletic department and also a legacy, for which she was honored last week with induction into the IU Hall of Fame.

“I feel more proud of it now than I did then,” said Andreas of being named the first female Associate Athletic Director at the University, as well as in the Big Ten conference, in 1972, right as Title IX was passed to level the playing field for men and women.

In her acceptance speech of the award, Andreas thanked three hard-working visionaries who “laid a path” for the future of women’s athletics: the president of the university, the athletic director and Anita Aldridge, Ph.D., Andreas’ mentor and the woman who brought Andreas to IU in the first place.

“They laid the groundwork for the position, unbeknownst to me,” said Andreas, calling these University leaders “forward thinking” about the future of women’s athletics.



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