By Peyton Wesner
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — During the pandemic, Brad Underwood has not stopped.
Preparation for the upcoming season continues. Recruiting is always a priority. In fact, aside from more family dinners, the commitment is the same.
This includes the Fighting Illini head coach’s commitment to Coaches vs. Cancer.
“With cancer not stopping, we’re not going to stop,” said Underwood to Carli O’Hara of Coaches vs. Cancer. “We’re just trying to do our part. But, there is no stopping coaches. Coaches are very diligent workers.”
A member of the Coaches vs. Cancer Council, Underwood is involved in initiatives and other causes. The Illinois coaching staff participates in the annual “Suits and Sneakers Week,” in which Underwood and his staff wear sneakers with their suits to raise awareness.
“We have a platform where we can do a lot of good,” said Underwood. “We want to go beyond that and help our communities and help our families and friends. Cancer has gone on long enough.”
Since 1993, Coaches vs. Cancer has collaborated to raise over $100 million for the American Cancer Society, a nationwide voluntary health organization.
“As cancer has become one of the most prevalent diseases, the American Cancer Society has grown to help so many,” said Underwood. “When you see all of the work that goes behind raising all this money, you see what true passion and desire they have to eliminate this disease.”