Patrick Cross receives Dakota Oyate Challenge Service Award

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Dr. Patrick Cross, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at The University of South Dakota, is the recipient of the Dakota Oyate Challenge Service Award.

This distinguished honor is presented to an individual who has been personally selected by a member school of the Dakota Oyate Board for outstanding service and dedication. He was nominated by Omaha Nation Public School of Macy, Neb., for his work with student-athletes in the high school. Cross received the award during the Grand Entry of the Dakota Oyate Challenge in Huron, S.D., on Jan. 30.

Cross, who received a Bachelor of Science degree from Truman State University and a doctor of physical therapy from Creighton University, has provided sports physical therapy services at Omaha Nation High School football games. Additionally, he has served as the director of rehabilitation and as a physical therapist for the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska at the Carl T. Curtis Health Education Center in Macy and as director of the Four Hills of Life Wellness Center. Prior to working in Macy, Cross was a clinical instructor as well as an assistant professor of physical therapy at Creighton University. A member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), he is also a member of South Dakota APTA and the Nebraska APTA Chapter