Sam Banks

Sam Banks '76
banksDuring his years at Quincy, Sam Banks ’76 began a life of service to others by volunteering in what ultimately became the Big Brother Big Sister program. Learning that he could make a difference in the life of a young person in need, Sam earned a masters degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago and spent the better part of thirty years working with hundreds of abused, neglected and dependent children from throughout Illinois.

Following successful tenures with Chaddock in Quincy and Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana, Ill., Banks returned to his Chicago roots and accepted the position of President and CEO of Glenwood School for Boys and Girls—a residential boarding school for at-risk, low-income students from throughout the Chicagoland area.

While working to make life better for children and families in need has been Sam's full time job, he has also found time to achieve success as a basketball official. While still in college, Banks began refereeing YMCA kids’ games. He has since officiated hundreds of games at both the high school and college levels—including Division One.

Sam and wife, Maureen, reside in Chicago and have three children: Bryan, Brittany, and Danielle.

(Originally published in February 2011 QUniverse)