“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.

“The experience changes lives…” Buckley makes gift of education.

‘The Experience Changes Lives’ – Buckley Makes Gift of Education

A popular misconception about student-athletes is that they receive a free education. In reality, their education is paid for through the I FUND. The I FUND provides scholarship support for more than 500 University of Illinois student-athletes in all sports. As tuition and fees steadily rise, private support for athletic scholarships is more vital than ever.

My story is up on fightingillini.com featuring Linda Buckley and her gift toward the iFund.

“I’m a product of a great institution” Levenick credits U of I.

‘I’m a product of a great institution’ – Levenick credits U of I

By Sean McDevitt FightingIllini.com Staff Writer An incredibly small percentage collegiate student-athletes will go on and play their sport professionally. The rest will be professionals in the “real world.” An even smaller percentage are able to do both. Stu Levenick was able to do both.

My latest story on fightingillini.com about former football standout Stu Levenick.

“Showing progress, commitment” Ubben Renovation Plan Unveiled

‘Showing Progress, Commitment’ – Ubben Renovation Plan Unveiled

By Sean McDevitt FightingIllini.com Press Release | Press Conference Twenty years ago Google was founded. Twenty years ago the first iMac was introduced. Twenty years ago the sitcom Seinfeld ended. And twenty years ago, the Richard T. Ubben Basketball Complex was opened. Groundbreaking for Richard T.

Here’s my piece on the plans to update the Ubben Basketball Complex. I expect in a few years, Illinois Basketball is going to be on a serious upswing.