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    Fans will have the opportunity to meet Coach Zook, Coach Weber and AD Ron Guenther at several tour stops this May.

    Fans will have the opportunity to meet Coach Zook, Coach Weber and AD Ron Guenther at several tour stops this May.

    April 11, 2011

    The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics will be hosting the Fighting Illini Caravan 2011 at 10 cities during the month of May. The Caravan begins May 3 with stops in St. Louis and Effingham and ends in Champaign on May 26, with stops in the Quad Cities, Rockford, Springfield, Decatur, Chicago, Peoria and Bloomington in between.

    Illini basketball coach Bruce Weber, football coach Ron Zook and Director of Athletics Ron Guenther will all be featured speakers on the Caravan, which will allow Fighting Illini fans an opportunity for autographs and a relaxed atmosphere to preview Illini sports heading into the 2011-12 school year.

    "We're excited to bring back the Caravan stops to the state of Illinois and St. Louis, and provide our staff the opportunity to interact with our most loyal and ardent supporters," said Steve Greene, Director of Development. "Fighting Illini fans are the best and most loyal fans in the nation, and Coach Zook and Coach Weber are very appreciative of their support. Our hope is that each venue is filled with Orange and Blue to hear what is on the horizon for Fighting Illini athletics."

    Current and former student-athletes will be involved with the Caravan stops whenever possible, and the group will also be making a Hometown Heroes community service visit while in each of the communities.

    Specific details about each Caravan stop and how to register online will be available at FightingIllini.com beginning April 15.

    Fighting Illini Caravan 2011 Schedule

    May 3   11:30 am    St. Louis, Mo., Missouri Athletic Club (Luncheon)
    May 3   5:30 pm     Effingham, Hilton Garden Inn
    May 4   5:30 pm     Quad Cities, Oakwood Country Club
    May 5   5:30 pm     Rockford, Rockford Country Club
    May 11  5:30 pm     Springfield, Crowne Plaza
    May 12  5:30 pm     Decatur, The Beach House
    May 19  5:30 pm     Chicago, Ditka's (Oakbrook Terrace)
    May 24  5:30 pm     Peoria, Country Club of Peoria
    May 25  5:30 pm     Bloomington, Bloomington Country Club
    May 26  TBA         Champaign, Memorial Stadium
    

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