The Opportunity to Commemorate Their Passion” — Smith Family $20 Million Gift to the Illinois Athletic Program Largest Ever

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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 may be how their weekend entirely revolves around kickoff times.

For the Smith family, it was unmistakable. Seven decades of unwavering support.

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August 30, 2018

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