Like anyone who has been away from campus for a few years, Jason Gromelski ’98 was somewhat caught off guard when he realized it has been 15 years since he graduated from Marietta College.
Busy with work and family, Gromelski hasn’t been able to make it back to campus much and he wasn’t able to join his former classmates during their reunion at Homecoming in October.
To make sure his Marietta friends knew he was thinking about them as they celebrated their 15-year reunion, he made a class challenge to support The Marietta Fund.
“I recently found myself reviewing the total amount of gifts to Marietta by the Class of 1998 and I was a little caught off guard by the low contributions,” Gromelski says. “I figured it was time to give back on a larger note and reinvest in a place that gave me so much.”
Gromelski agreed to match donations up to $3,500 made by the Class of 1998. While they didn’t quite hit his goal, he says he was excited to see them give $1,950 and he was delighted to donate the full $3,500.
Brandee Norris, Director of The Marietta Fund, says dedicated alumni like Gromelski are what are needed to reach this year’s ambitious goal of $1.85 million — up $150,000 from last year.
“We are so appreciative of alumni like Jason who have such fond memories of their experience at Marietta and want to give back and make a difference for the students who are here today,” Norris says. “His gift is going to help us reach our goal this year, and we hope others will respond to his generosity and donate a little more to The Marietta Fund this fiscal year.”
Gromelski graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and is now the president and owner of Nola Physical Therapy, which operates three practices in New York City.
“The classroom, field and clinical experience I received at Marietta set a great foundation. The intensity of Doc (Paul) Spears’ classes along with Sam Crowther’s experiential teaching laid a great foundation to grow upon,” Gromelski says. “I am indebted to the program and the guidance I received during the undergraduate experience and transition to graduate school.”
Gromelski also has fond memories of his time as a member of Delta Upsilon and his time in the training room with other future athletic trainers.
“I had a great experience at Marietta and I’m indebted for the quality of education I received,” he says. “Marietta set an outstanding foundation for my graduate education and I continue to use that knowledge today.”
Starting in 2000, Gromelski lived and worked in New York City until 2012. Then he moved his family — wife Gina and three children, Adriana, 4, Julian, 2, and Mason, 3 months — to Darien, Conn.
Recently, Gromelski launched a youth injury prevention program that he contributed multiple years of research on and published a scientific review on Vitamin D status and spinal fusion outcomes.
“At the moment I am working on the development of a more comprehensive concussion rehabilitation program and trying to raise awareness to the increased rates of head trauma and the lack of diagnosis and treatment in youth sports,” he says.
With everything vying for his time, Gromelski is still The Marietta Fund.