Dr. Allan Paul ’69, brother of Dr. Richard Paul ’62 and Dr. Leo Paul ’77, died on Sunday, January 12. Here is how Al is remembered at the University of Illinois.
No matter what sport you follow, it’s safe to say that any athlete that spends their whole career with one team and a successful team at that, must have something about them. Athletes and ones with such success can often have all the trappings that go with it, from entourages to egos and arrogance.
When I met David Diehl for this interview he introduced himself with an outstretched hand the size of a shovel and said, “Hi, I’m David, how are you?” A man of his stature does not need to introduce himself and yet he did so because he doesn’t assume the world knows him or his successes and because he holds onto the values he has lived with his whole career. This interaction only confirmed so much of what I have read and heard about him on and off the field.
Source: Sporting International Magazine | Myak Homberger
Sidney Holmes came to Brother Rice in 1996 from Whistler Elementary School. After his four years at Brother Rice as a student and standout on the Crusader basketball team, Sidney made his way to Barat College and then on to Lewis University, where he graduated with a BA in Sociology.
As you can see, Sidney has been able to continue playing the game he loves since his time at Brother Rice.
- Drafted in 2004-05 to the Rockford Lightning CBA(Continental Basketball Association); came in 2nd in the dunk contest, Eastern conference champions, runner up
- 2005 WBA champions (World Basketball Association) Rome Gladiators
- 2005-2006 Rockford Lightning (CBA) eastern conference champs and runner up
- 2006-07 Namika Lahti in Finland runner up
- 2007-08 Minot Skyrockets (CBA) All star team and runner up.
- 2008-2009 Romania, Cravio
- 2009-2010 Portugal Proliga team CBP Penefiel cup champions, import player of the year, MVP, runner up
- 2010 Gatorade replay game Brother Rice vs Bloom. Even the Score game. Gatorade MVP
- 2010-2011 Morrocco league, Team Wydad runner ups
- 2011-2015 worked with kids that have autism and special needs as well as has his own basketball camp
- 2014 TBT Illinois Hoopville Warriors Elite eight
- 2015 TBT sweet 17
- 2015- present PBL(Premier Basketball League) Rochester Razorsharks
Below is a reflection from Sidney about how Brother Rice impacted his life through adulthood:
Looking back over my career, one defining moment comes to mind: the day my mother enrolled me at Brother Rice, which really change my life. I went to a majority all black public elementary school, and now I was going to a Catholic high school where Caucasian and Hispanic students were the majority. It was like a culture shock, which really prepared me for life. Brother Rice has a strong tradition that teaches you to “Act Manfully in Jesus Christ.”
Before I started taking the bus to school, my mother would work 12 hours night shifts as a registered nurse, get off work, then take me to school. While stopping at red lights on the way to school, I would see my mother falling asleep; when I finally got to school, I would pray that she made it home safely. God delivered, because not only did she make it home, she would make it to all my basketball games. I knew exactly when she was there, because she would be the loudest in the gym, yelling, “Get a rebound, Sidney!” or “Let’s go team!” Her hard-work and sacrifice for us and the faith she had in me motivated me not to let her down, even to this day.
If you know me, I’m a team-first type of guy. Whatever the team needs for us to win, I would do. I’m a competitor at heart. I love a challenge, and if you say I can’t do it, odds are I will prove you wrong more times than not. My faith in God is my greatest strength. I always put my trust in God. I’m able to analyze and adapt to my environment, which is one of the reasons I have been successful in my basketball career. Plus, I’m a people person. I love seeing people improve. When people know you are trustworthy, then they open up to you. The bonds become stronger, which mean a stronger team. The teams I have played on in the course of my life have become part of my family, and, I’m proud to say, I have family around the world.
Congratulations to Tim Rubens ’87, on being named the Special Olympics Chicago 2015 Coach of the Year. While at Rice, Tim was active in football, track, and student council. He went on to major in political science at SIUC while serving in the Illinois Air National Guard as a staff sergeant.
Tim has been coaching Special Olympics athletes for the past 8 years and is also the QIDP and Athletic Director of Special Olympics at McKinley Vocational, which offers track and field, tennis, and men’s basketball for adult athletes who are mentally and physically disabled. His teams were basketball city champs in 2013 and 2015; state champs in 2013, and state runner-up in 2015. Tim’s tennis team was gold medal finalist 2015.
Tim and his wife Saunja, along with their daughters Sascha and Timora, reside in Alsip.
Vonzell Scott said he sees dreams taken away every day living on the South Side.
The 25-year-old Roseland resident wants to inspire others as he pursues his dream of becoming a professional actor. The Brother Rice graduate this year appeared in a minor speaking role on “Chicago Fire” and is a lead actor in an upcoming play called “The Road Ahead” that will show at Illinois State University and Chicago State University. He plays the role of Emmanuel, a famous television actor on his way to becoming a movie star — essentially Scott’s goal in real life.
“I want to show people there are other ways to live than just being part of the violence in Chicago,” Scott said. “You just have to work hard for it.”
Whenever Scott auditions or performs, he channels the spirit of his late mother, Debbie Taylor, who died on May 27, 2007, from lung cancer. Scott, an only child, was 16 at the time and a Brother Rice junior. Wednesday would have been Taylor’s 51st birthday.