Togo basketball team proudly wears its red Benedictine

Togo basketball team proudly wears its red Benedictine
January 9, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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Among the many high school friends with whom Benedictine University volleyball coach Jennifer Wildes (nee: Olson) has remained close is former Sterling Newman Catholic High School basketball teammate Rachel Hermes. So it came as no surprise when Hermes, who served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa after graduating from Harvard University in 2003, contacted Wildes with a request for help. “She contacted all of us…her former teammates, friends, family,” Wildes said. “She asked for funds to help to build a basketball court for the villagers and for any old uniforms or jerseys we might have. Many of these people have never been exposed to the game of basketball. They received jerseys from all over the world.” Wildes recently received a photograph from Hermes featuring the members of the “Benedictine” basketball team in Togo proudly wearing their red Benedictine jerseys. “It was so funny,” Wildes said. “When I opened the file, I just said ‘Oh, my gosh.’” No word on how the “Benedictine” team fared.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.