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November 29, 2004

Lobo Appointed to Board of Trustees

Gov. Jodi Rell has appointed former basketball star Rebecca Lobo to the University’s Board of Trustees.

“Rebecca has proven herself to be a winner both on and off the court,” Rell said. “She is a smart and articulate young woman, and a role model for young people across the country.

“Rebecca has been a true ambassador for the University of Connecticut for more than a decade,” Rell added. “Her commitment to personal excellence is only matched by her commitment to giving back to others. I cannot imagine a better choice to serve on this important board.”

The Board of Trustees appoints the University President and determines general policies for the University, including decisions regarding the
University’s budget.

Lobo graduated from UConn in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. In that year, she led the UConn women’s basketball team to its first national championship with a perfect 35-0 record.

In 1995 Lobo, who also was a candidate for a Rhodes Scholarship, received the NCAA Woman of the Year award for her outstanding achievements in athletics, academics, and community leadership. She also led the U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team to a gold medal.

Lobo was one of the Women’s National Basketball Association’s (WNBA) original players and played several years with the New York Liberty. In 2003, she played her final season for the Connecticut Sun.

Since her graduation, Lobo has been a college basketball commentator for CBS, ESPN, and Connecticut Public Television.

In October 2001, Lobo and her mother launched the RuthAnn and Rebecca Lobo Scholarship in Allied Health at UConn. The scholarship is intended encourage diversity in the health care professions.

She is co-author with her mother of The Home Team, an autobiographical account of Lobo’s basketball career and her mother’s successful battle with breast cancer.

Lobo is active in numerous organizations that support breast cancer research and awareness. She is also involved in the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Children’s Miracle Network and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Lobo was named one of the 1998 USA Weekend’s Most Caring Athletes in recognition of her charitable work.