Fighting Illini Caravan to Traverse State in May
April 23, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The annual Fighting Illini Caravan will include nine locations across the state of Illinois and in St. Louis throughout the month of May, director of athletics Mike Thomas announced Tuesday. Thomas will be joined on the caravan by football coach Tim Beckman, men's basketball coach John Groce, women's basketball coach Matt Bollant and a number of other Illini coaches and student-athletes.
The statewide tour will feature appearances and community service visits in each city, followed by a reception where fans can interact with Illini coaches and student-athletes. Fans can purchase a reception ticket for $25 online or at the event. It includes hors d'oeuvres, an autograph session, a chance to talk with Illini coaches, and raffles and giveaways.
The 2013 Fighting Illini Caravan will begin May 3 in southern Illinois, with stops in Marion/Mount Vernon. The tour will swing through Springfield on May 6 and head to Chicago on May 8, with activities in downtown Chicago during the day and an evening reception in Evanston. The caravan returns to Chicagoland on Wednesday, May 15, with stops in Schaumburg and Crystal Lake before an evening reception in Rockford.
On Wednesday, May 22, the tour will swing through Danville, then will head to the Peoria area on Tuesday, May 28. The caravan will move to Decatur on May 29, Bloomington on May 30 and will wrap up in St. Louis on May 31.
2013 Fighting Illini Caravan Schedule