Oct 5, 2010
Illinois’ Weber Lobbies Congress On Behalf Of American Cancer Society

Illinois basketball coach Bruce Weber made a promise to himself. If he ever made it big, he would give back to the community.

That pledge and his work with Coaches vs. Cancer led to Weber’s trip to the U.S. Capitol last week, where he shook hands with members of Congress and lobbied on behalf of American Cancer Society.

“Both of my parents were about helping others, ” Weber said. “My dad was always involved with helping others, mainly kids involved with sports, and involved with the community and church. My mother was the patron saint, whether it was family or relatives or always being there to help do something for somebody. They instilled some of that in me.

“I always said to myself, after watching other guys not give back, that if I ever got here, I’ll make a commitment of doing whatever I can. I try to be involved as much as possible.”

He’s done plenty. In conjunction with Coaches vs. Cancer, Weber helped raise about $750, 000 for research and prevention during the last three seasons through the Illini program. He also helped build a grass roots organization with high school coaches within the state that raised $400, 000 during last season. Among college programs, Illinois is among the top 10 fundraisers in the Coaches vs. Cancer.

“You don’t want it to affect your job, ” Weber said, “but it’s part of my job, too. You’re more than just a coach at this level and this position. You’re an ambassador for the university, the community and your state.”

So even with Weber juggling recruiting trips and preseason workouts last week, he made the quick trip to Washington, D.C., rushing out of the Ubben Basketball Complex for an evening flight, spending a full day at the Capitol and returning late that night.

Weber met with U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Roland Burris, attended a pep rally and tipoff press conference with roughly 1, 000 American Cancer Society volunteers and spoke with other congressional staffers. Weber, a member of the national board of directors for Coaches vs. Cancer, was one of four coaches chosen to make an appearance.

It’s a busy time, ” Weber said. “You have to squeeze it into recruiting, and it’s another day gone from home. It was definitely worth it.”

Illinois’ Weber Lobbies Congress On Behalf Of American Cancer Society

From the Journal Star (Peoria, Ill.)

Illinois basketball coach Bruce Weber made a promise to himself. If he ever made it big, he would give back to the community. That pledge and his work with Coaches vs. Cancer led to Weber’s trip to the U.S. Capitol last week, where he shook hands with members of Congress and lobbied on behalf of American Cancer Society. “Both of my parents were about helping others, ” Weber said. “My dad was always involved with helping others, mainly kids involved with sports, and involved with the community and church. My mother was the patron saint, whether it was family or relatives or always being there to help do something for somebody. They instilled some of that in me. “I always said to myself, after watching other guys not give back, that if I ever got here, I’ll make a commitment of doing whatever I can. I try to be involved as much as possible.” He’s done plenty. In conjunction with Coaches vs. Cancer, Weber helped raise about $750, 000 for research and prevention during the last three seasons through the Illini program. He also helped build a grass roots organization with high school coaches within the state that raised $400, 000 during last season. Among college programs, Illinois is among the top 10 fundraisers in the Coaches vs. Cancer. “You don’t want it to affect your job, ” Weber said, “but it’s part of my job, too. You’re more than just a coach at this level and this position. You’re an ambassador for the university, the community and your state.” So even with Weber juggling recruiting trips and preseason workouts last week, he made the quick trip to Washington, D.C., rushing out of the Ubben Basketball Complex for an evening flight, spending a full day at the Capitol and returning late that night. Weber met with U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Roland Burris, attended a pep rally and tipoff press conference with roughly 1, 000 American Cancer Society volunteers and spoke with other congressional staffers. Weber, a member of the national board of directors for Coaches vs. Cancer, was one of four coaches chosen to make an appearance. It’s a busy time, ” Weber said. “You have to squeeze it into recruiting, and it’s another day gone from home. It was definitely worth it.”






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