"He is very passionate about telling people about the need for Boys and Girls Clubs," she adds.
Russert's devotion to service has been the subject of many of his speeches in the past and could well figure into his address to Harvard Law School students today.
"Whatever your ideology, reach down and see if there isn't someone you can't pull up a rung or two-- someone old, someone sick, someone lonely, someone uneducated, someone defenseless," Russert said in his Columbus School of Law address. "Give them a hand. Give them a chance."