Hero of the Week: Demirjian Family

Join WAND's Gordon Voit every Wednesday for Hero of the Week, where Voit puts the spotlight on a member of the community who is demonstrating unusual character on and off the field!

CHAMPAIGN -- First the Demirjian family paved the way for coach Mike Small's Illinois golf program to have the top indoor facility in the country. Now the Soy City family is turning its sights on a soccer and track complex.

Demirjian Park will feature brand new facilities for the two programs, which together comprise one quarter of all Illini student-athletes. The family is hoping that its $7 million donation will also help turn the space into community-uplifting venue, one that can host a variety of events and serve as a hub for families all across Central Illinois.

In this WAND special, sports director Gordon Voit shares how the family exemplifies generous, sacrificial giving. What's the secret paradox behind generosity such as this? Click the video to find out!


Week 1: Shannon Roberts, MacArthur

Week 2: Fowler Connell, Danville

Week 3: Ken Leonard, Sacred Heart-Griffin

Week 4: Micah and Dennis Sheppard, Meridian

Week 5: Emily Short, Decatur

Week 6: Veterans and Friends golf 

Week 7: Dre Brown, Mike Dudek, Scotty Gilkey, Illinois/Eastern Illinois

Week 8: Demirjian Family of Decatur