The Cardinal of Westwood
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in college, Lewis was an avid swimmer, and he still
frequents the Capitol pool, sporting UCLA swim trunks. He describes
his retreats to the pool as opportunities to "clear the hot
air" of The Hill. It was while swimming laps that Lewis created
The House That Congress Built, a partnership with Habitat for Humanity
that engaged House members and their staffs to build more than 300
homes throughout the country.
his trips to the Westwood campus are rare these days, UCLA is always
with Lewis. He recently introduced a House resolution to congratulate
legendary Bruin basketball coach John Wooden on his Presidential
Medal of Freedom award and to further commend him for his achievements
in sports and education.
one could only reflect a small part of the wisdom that John Wooden
shared with his athletes and his colleagues," says Lewis. "He
is one of UCLA's great contributions to the world." In December,
the basketball court in Pauley Pavilion was renamed the Nell and
John Wooden Court.
also offered testimony when Jackie Robinson was nominated to receive
the Congressional Gold Medal, reminding Congress that Robinson was
one of the nation's most important athletes during his college days
at UCLA. Lewis quoted Robinson as saying: "A life is not important
except in the impact it has on other lives."
is clear that Lewis has taken Robinson's words to heart.