Summer Executive Development Event

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

6:00pm-8:00pm - Heavy Hors d'oeuvre Reception

  San Diego Marriott Del Mar

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Cancellations not received 3 days prior to event will incur a $50 charge to their student account



Rolf Bernirschke

Rolf has spent his life giving back to others and is an accomplished business and community leader, author, television personality, inspirational speaker, and former San Diego Charger. He had an illustrious 10-year career as the placekicker for the San Diego Chargers before retiring as the third most accurate kicker in NFL history. He played in the Pro Bowl and received numerous awards including NFL Man of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, NFL Player Association Hero of the Year, and the NFL’s most prestigious award, the Byron “Whizzer” White award. In 1997, Rolf became the 20th player inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame.

During his second season, Rolf was struck with ulcerative colitis, an intestinal illness that required major abdominal surgery and nearly cost him his life. He returned to play for seven more seasons and created Great Comebacks, a patient support program that provides information and inspiration and has been connecting ostomy patients around the world for more than 30 years.

His experiences led him to co-found Legacy Health Strategies, a company that creates personalized patient support programs for medical device, pharmaceutical companies, and health systems, where he is currently the Chief Patient Officer. He has authored three books, including his autobiography, Alive & Kicking, and is a much sought after motivational speaker. 

Rolf also devotes much of his time to numerous philanthropic organizations including the UCSD Health System, the Zoological Society of San Diego, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and the San Diego Blood Bank, and is the chairman of the Rolf Benirschke Legacy Foundation. Rolf lives in Del Mar with his wife, Mary, of 25 years and their four children, Erik, Kari, Tim and Ryan.


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