Today, Don Grossnickle, Ed.D., is a retired school curriculum administrator who also serves as an ordained permanent deacon volunteering and serving the Archdiocese of Chicago and a suburban Arlington Heights church, Our Lady of The Wayside.
is author of over ten books and some fifty published articles including: Great Moments in Football Halftime Sport, and several school related books addressing topic like; adolescent motivation, high school dropout, teaching responsibility and school and classroom, school discipline and more.
Since 1999, Grossnickle
has devoted himself on mission to researching and penning Unbreakable Resilience
familiarity with spinal cord injuries stems from an earlier life experience when as a youth he
helped saved the life of a hiking companion who had fallen off a cliff and was critically hurt suffering brain and spinal cord injuries.
Along with authoring books, Grossnickle is co-founder of Gridiron Alliance, a 501c3 non-profit for student-athletes who have suffered catastrophic, spinal cord injuries while playing sports.
The Gridiron Alliance
provides resources, programming, and mentoring for student-athletes who rehabilitate from these life-altering injuries.
Grossnickle was the National Executive Director of the Center for Compassion and Healing 2010-2011.
Grossnickle's accolades include being presented with the St. Stephen the Deacon Award by the Chicago Archdiocese leader Cardinal George Francis in 2006, which recognized his
work with spinal cord injured athletes.
received the prestigious Horace Mann Lifetime Achievement Award for his
service to the school community by the Illinois Principal's Association
In 2004 he
was recognized by the World Ability Federation
and was presented with the Ann Sullivan-Helen Keller award.
Today, Grossnickle continues to serves a half-million Catholics throughout Chicago and its suburbs as Director of Outreach for Persons with Disability, a regional program administered by the Archdiocese of Chicago.
For each, the disability promised "a life worse than death," but with the help of compassionate family, friends professionals and understanding people like Don Grossnickle, Ed.D., they were able to tap into resources including hope, faith and inspiration amid a dark and uncertain world that lay ahead.