“Where everyone feels accepted” For Illini Athletics, inclusion means more.

‘Where everyone feels accepted’ – For Illini Athletics, Inclusion Means More

Diversity & Inclusion Website By Sean McDevitt FightingIllini.com From Ferguson to Charlottesville, #MeToo to #TimesUp, from NFL players kneeling to women standing up, there has been a rush of national issues reflecting oft-diverging views on race, religion, gender, gender identity, politics, and much more.

“The Opportunity to Commemorate Their Passion” Smith family $20 million gift to the Illinois Athletic Program largest ever.

‘The opportunity to commemorate their passion’

With some families, it doesn’t take long to figure out. Within minutes of walking into their home or learning how they spent their Saturday, you know if the family is an Illinois football family. It may be memorabilia in every room (or one particular room).

“It’s a Family Reunion” Rose Bowl team honors 10 year anniversary

‘It’s a Family Reunion’ – Rose Bowl team Honors 10 Year Anniversary

Joy. Pure unadulterated joy. That was the feeling everywhere as the players, coaches and support staff of the 2007 University of Illinois Fighting Illini football team came together at Memorial Stadium for their 10-year reunion. It was evident in small moments. The moment Rashard Mendenhall saw Ron Zook and the two men hugged and laughed.

It was a lot of fun seeing these guys reconnect.