Mountaineer mens basketball coach John Beilein knows a thing or two about teamwork.
He knows the amazing achievements that can be netted when a team works together with discipline and direction for the good of a common goal.
And he knows what West Virginia Universitys campus-wide team of caring employees can do for the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties.
The coach and his wife, Kathleen, are co-chairs of WVU s 2005 United Way campaign, which, in turn, is part of the West Virginia State Employees Campaign forthat agencys member organizations reaching out to those in need across the Mountain State.
This years campus campaign tips off Thursday, Sept. 22, with a breakfast and training session for volunteers from 8-10 a.m. at Morgantowns Radisson Hotel. The campaign runs through Oct. 28.
The campaigns team-minded theme,Its What We Do at WVU !is one the coach says he doesnt take lightly. After all, he said: good teamwork this past March notched a group of never-say-die Mountaineers all the way to the NCAA Elite 8 in mens basketball.
But while the United Ways mission in the community is completely different from the Mountaineer mission on the hardwood, the playbook, he said, is still the same.
The daily problems associated with low income, illness, illiteracy, domestic violence and homelessness are just some of the �€~opponentsour community faces much too frequently,he said.In the same way our basketball team pulled together to overcome the odds, we at WVU have an opportunity to join a team working to overcome issues much more important than a basketball game.
Campaign information and pledge cards will be distributed to employees after Sept. 22.
Making the team is easy, Beilein said. All you have to do is make a gift or donation, large or small.
Each gift is important,he said.Last year, 110 people contributed to the campaign for the first time and we want to add even more members to our team this year. Our team is made of people all working together to make life better for others in this community. Its what we do at WVU .