Cook County Board Honors Bruno
Oct. 2, 2012
CHICAGO - Standing straight in his USA Basketball attire, DePaul women's basketball coach Doug Bruno was honored on Tuesday by the Cook County Board of Commissioners for helping the United States Women's National Team win its fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal.
Cook County Commissioners John P. Daley, Peter Silvestri, Larry Suffredin and Elizabeth Doody Gorman lauded Bruno for nearly three decades of passionately advancing the cause of women's athletics.
Nowhere was that more evident than from a woman who approached the Blue Demon coach as he left the Cook County Commissioners' Board Room.
"I just wanted to congratulate you," she told Bruno. "Me and my siblings had some rough times growing up, and playing sports kept us going. I just wanted to say that the work you do with women athletes is so important."
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said the proclamation carried added significance for her "as someone who played basketball in high school and college." She went on to thank Bruno for his dedication to young people.
"I wouldn't have been (a USA Basketball assistant coach) in London without the tremendous support of DePaul University President Father Dennis Holtschneider and Athletics Director Jean Lenti Ponsetto," Bruno said. "I would not have been there if not for my assistant coaches and all the players who have played for me. I'm blessed to have come from a great city like Chicago.
"I watched this morning and saw how our government works. Well, our women's national team has won five straight gold medals in the Olympics, and that never could've happened without Title IX.
"That landmark legislation guaranteed that a young girl can be educated through athletics."
Preckwinkle's eyes lit up.
"It's great to hear a man speak up in favor of Title IX," she said.
Daley commended Bruno for his exemplary leadership on and off the basketball court and for taking up the cause on behalf of so many female student-athletes.
Silvestri spoke about the wonderful way Bruno represented the city of Chicago, Cook County and DePaul with his accomplishment in London.
Suffredin praised Bruno as a terrific family man and mentioned how two of his kids had gone to high school with one of Bruno's sons.
Gorman recalled attending the Doug Bruno Basketball Camp while growing up and the impact of that experience.
"I feel honored and humbled," Bruno said. "None of this is possible without all those players who came to DePaul."