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Kayla Gross

Kayla Gross

Director of Beyond Football

Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon Area

Playing in the intersection of sports + community + education + innovation.





Oregon State University

Director of Beyond Football

Beyond Football provides its student-athletes with transformational personal and professional experiences that create productive leaders for life.

• Develop a strategic vision and framework for Beyond Football, including branding, messaging, infrastructure and developmentally appropriate programming
• Create meaningful opportunities for community engagement and manage all community outreach/engagement requests related to the OSU Football team
• Meet with student-athletes to assess student-athlete progress, help them advance towards developmental goals and ensure they are having a positive student-athlete experience
• Compose promotional content and collaborate with communications staff to publicize program
• Serve on Beyond Football Advisory Board


Helper Helper, L.L.C

Contributing Blogger and Strategy Consultant

Helper Helper, LLC helps college athlete departments connect their athletes to meaningful experiences in the community.

• Provide strategic insight on role of community coordinator and process of getting student-athletes involved
• Advise athletic departments looking to expand or formalize their community outreach effort
• Compose content for related to role of community relations coordinator, sharing tips and advice for getting student-athletes involved, expanding your outreach effort, crafting and sharing your brand message and partnering with non-profit organizations


University of Wisconsin Athletics

Community Relations Coordinator

Played predominant role in creation of the Badgers Give Back program and role of community relations coordinator that debuted in September 2012. Led growth of program from one part-time student employee to its own department with operating budget, full-time employee and eight undergraduate interns in 1.5 years. Drove 344 percent increase in hours volunteered and 447 percent increase in appearances in first two years. Position was granted the title of "Director" in 2015.


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bachelor of Arts, Journalism & Mass Communication , Strategic Communication

On Wisconsin!