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The Donors:  Dr. Wayne L. and Eileen A. Ryan and family
Dr. Wayne and Eileen Ryan and the Ryan familyEileen and Wayne Ryan

Dr. Wayne and Eileen Ryan believe strongly in the Jesuit commitment to educate the whole person - mind, body and spirit.  Wayne is a graduate of Creighton, earning a bachelor's degree in 1949 and a master's degree two years later.  He began his career teaching at Creighton before pursuing his passion for research that led to the founding of his company, Streck Inc., where he is Chairman and CEO.  Wayne and Eileen are long-time supporters of Creighton University academic and athletic programs.  Recently, they established the Fr. Henry W. Casper, S.J., Professorship in History to honor one of Ryan's favorite Jesuit professors at Creighton.  In 2007, Wayne and Eileen received The Ignatian Spirit Award from the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus, honoring a couple who exhibit the ideals associated with St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.  The couple's daughter, Connie, serves on the Creighton University Board of Directors and is President of Streck, Inc.

"Our family believes in Jesuit education and we are happy to lend our support as an endorsement of the vision and mission of Creighton University.  We are impressed with the progressive academic and athletic plans of the University and know that this center will advance not only the campus community but the metro area as well." (Wayne Ryan)

The Donors: David and Peggy Sokol and family
David and Peggy Sokol and the Sokol familyD.J. Sokol

The D.J. Sokol Arena honors the memory of David L. Sokol, Jr. "D.J.", May 29, 1981 - June 11, 1999.  At the age of 16, D.J. Sokol was diagnosed with cancer.  His response over the next two years to the challenge of fighting this disease will forever communicate to others the character of D.J. Sokol.  He demonstrated wisdom, maturity, empathy and enthusiasm, and served as a tremendous source of inspiration to all who met him. Generations of athletes privileged to play here will continue to be inspired by his example. 

D.J.'s parents, David and Peggy, are community leaders who devote time and resources to a host of charitable causes.  They are longtime supporters of Creighton University and the Bluejays.  David Sokol is Chairman of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company and a former member of the Creighton University Board of Directors. 

The Sokol family's dedication to giving back to their community is a testament to their generosity, vision, leadership and character. They believe that the best investment anyone can make is in the youth of their community. 

"D.J. knew the true value of life and the importance of teamwork.  Peggy and I couldn't think of a better way to honor his life than having his name permanently associated with Creighton University in a place where athletes compete." (David Sokol)

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