Sharon Czemerys


Leanne Grotke Award (2010)
B.A., 1972


Czemerys graduated from IU with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1972. She played field hockey, basketball and softball at IU and participated in Big Ten and NAIA championships in all three sports.

She went on to a 33-year career in education. Czemerys taught high school in Buffalo, beginning in 1972, and then transitioned in the same school district to the role of supervisor for elementary physical education. She oversaw more than 100 physical education teachers and introduced a range of innovative programming, including rollerblading, fishing and boating. Czemerys retired in 2005. President of the Buffalo Chapter of the IU Alumni Association since 2002, she lives in Buffalo.