IWU Senior Leads By Example Off Floor, Too

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She’s very popular after Illinois Wesleyan games.

And it doesn’t really have anything to do with with Rebekah Ehresman being a standout basketball player. It has more to do with the fact she spends a lot of time speaking to students in area schools and she’s volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

“I love to work with kids, trying to be a light in their life,” said Ehresman as she mingled with young fans after another Illinois Wesleyan win. “I do what I can to build a friendship with them. I love having little kids look up to me as a role model.”

Ehresman, who was an All-State player at el Paso-Gridley High School, leads IWU into the CCIW tournament this weekend. The Lady Titans are the regular season conference champs and the tournament’s top seed.

“She’s so easy to talk to. She doesn’t know a stranger,” said IWU coach Mia Smith. “Everybody wants to be like Rebekah.”

If you want to be like Ehresman you have to be a team leader, a second coach on the floor, a player praised by her teammates for being unselfish and an excellent student. Thursday she was named Academic All-District for a third straight year.

“Balancing academics and athletics. To get those honors is very humbling,” said Ehresman. “It’s definitely not something I expect. I work as hard as I can. To see it pay off means a lot.”

She figures to play a key role for the Titans in the conference tournament at Shirk Center. Good
thing she’s grown into this role of being the center of attention.

“When I was growing up I was shy and never wanted to talk to anybody,” Ehresman explained. “Being put in that position, now I do what I have to do. I care a lot about my teammates and my coaches. And I think that’s where I get the motivation to come out of my shell a little bit and be a leader.”

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