The football team took runner-up honors at 2012 Jock Jams.
March 15, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The third annual Illini Jock Jams event was a huge success, raising over $16,000 for local, national and international charities. The variety act/talent show featuring University of Illinois student-athletes took place on Feb. 22 and drew nearly 1,500 fans to Huff Hall. In three years, Jock Jams has raised over $50,000 for charity.
In this year's edition, the men's gymnastics and football teams tied for first place, with the gymnasts winning the tie-breaking dance-off to claim the 2012 Jock Jams title. Men's Tennis took third place and swimming & diving was fourth, while the women's golf team was named Most Improved. The men's gymnastics team also won the first ever Jock Jams title in 2010, while last year's champion, women's track & field, was traveling to the Big Ten Championships and was unable to defend its title this year.
Illini Jock Jams 2012 featured celebrity judges with head football coach Tim Beckman, former Illini volleyball All-American Laura DeBruler, Kate Metz from the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, Matt Gorland from the Special Olympics, UI atmospheric sciences instructor Eric Snodgrass and Illinois assistant director of bands Barry Houser deciding the winners.
The money raised will be divided between the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen (local), the Special Olympics (national) and Student Athletes Leading Social Change (SALSC). SALSC is an organization comprised of student-athletes from across the nation, including the University of Illinois, joining together to make a difference on a local, national, and international level. SALSC is currently working on an effort in Ecuador to build new schools and improve the ones that they have.
Watch the 2012 Jock Jams Performances:
Co-Champions: Men's Gymnastics | Football | Championship Dance-Off
Third Place: Men's Tennis
Fourth Place: Swimming & Diving
Most Improved: Women's Golf
Other Performances: Baseball | Cheerleading | Women's Gymnastics | Soccer | Softball | Men's Track & Field | Volleyball | Wrestling