MIAMI — Bennie Crossland, chairman of the board of directors of Crossland Construction, will be among nine inductees into the NEO Athletic Hall of Fame.
The new inductees will honored at a 12:30 p.m. luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 15, in the Carter Student Union Ballroom in the Carter Student Union as well as during NEO’s football game against Trinity Valley.
Joining Crossland will be Mike Butcher, baseball; Ronnie Lowe, football; Terry Brown, men’s basketball; Kaycee Odle Grigg, softball; Bill Yocum, football and wrestling coach; Dallas Kirk Lewis, women’s basketball; Jim Ellis, contributor, and the 1986 NJCAA national champion football team coached by the late Glen Wolfe.
Crossland began an association with Northeastern A&M as a young boy, when his father, Ivan, loaded the family in their station wagon and brought them to Golden Norse football games on Saturday nights at Red Robertson Field.
Crossland later attended NEO and Missouri Southern State University before serving in the Marine Corps from 1975-78.
Bennie Crossland returned home to work in his father’s new construction company, where he worked his way up, becoming president of Crossland Construction in 2002 and assumed the role of chairman of the board in 2016.
Crossland Construction has grown to be one of the Top 100 Construction Companies in the USA.
Crossland and Crossland Construction have donated more than $500,000 to athletic facilities on the NEO campus, including the Ivan Crossland Football Complex, the Multi-Purpose Wrestling Facility and Red Robertson Field renovations.
Crossland has never been too busy to give back to the community. He has several philanthropic affiliations and has served on several boards and foundations.
He lives in Columbus, Kan., with his wife Shonda.
Kickoff for the NEO-Trinity Valley football game will be at 6 p.m.
Tickets for the luncheon are on sale now.
“The Hall of Fame is a legacy that we are very proud of at NEO and to have it in conjunction with the NEO vs. Trinity Valley game will make for a great day of NEO Athletics,” said Joe Renfro, interim athletic director. “We hope everyone will come out and support the event and the Norsemen.”
For more information about the NEO Athletic Hall of Fame, contact Nancy Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 918-540-6327.