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Lon Kruger was heavily involved in Las Vegas community

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: July 15, 2011 at 6:22 pm •  Published: July 15, 2011

UNLV senior associate athletic director D.J. Allen, who wrote a book with Lon Kruger, “The X's and O's of Success: A Playbook for Leaders in Business and Life,” said the Runnin' Rebels coach was everywhere his seven seasons in Las Vegas.

“He is a marketing and community outreach machine,” Allen said. “He uses the power of his position and takes it seriously to help other people and other organizations.”

The list community activities Kruger and his wife, Barbara, were involved with in Las Vegas included:

Homeless youth.

Nevada Health Department.

Cancer groups.

Clinics for middle school coaches.

Education awareness (reading).

Stay-in-school projects.

Wellness, fitness programs.

Bridget Phillips, a former principal who works with 350 schools in the Las Vegas area, said the list doesn't include all of the Krugers' endeavors.

“They embraced our community,” Phillips said. “That's what was so heartwarming and powerful. He was such a dynamic community member who wanted to make a difference, especially with children.

“Whether it was getting involved with an eating-right and exercise program, staying in school, coaching clinics, contests where classes with the best grades got to go to (UNLV) games or serving on our advisory committee ... I could go on and on. He did so much for students and teachers.”

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