Jock Jams Raises Big Money for Charities
March 18, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The fifth annual Illini Jock Jams event was a huge success, raising nearly $11,000 for for three charities. The variety act/talent show featuring University of Illinois student-athletes took place on Feb. 25 and drew nearly 1,400 fans to Huff Hall.
The money raised will be divided between the American Red Cross, to assist families affected by the 2013 Central Illinois tornados, Camp Kesem, a summer camp run by college students for kids who have parents with cancer, and the Chez Family Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education, which is here at the University of Illinois. In five years, Jock Jams has raised over $70,000 for charity.
In this year's edition, the men's track and field team won it's second straight Jock Jams title. The women's golf team took second place and football was named Most Improved in addition to taking third place. In all, 15 Fighting Illini sports participated, including men's and women's basketball for the first time in the events history.
Illini Jock Jams 2014 featured celebrity judges with soccer star Vanessa DiBernardo, DIA Director of Academic Services Keiko Price, assistant women's golf coach Rick Mortera, UI math lecturer Ellen Fireman, Hailey Emmerd, representing Camp Kesem, and Liz Andros, representing the Chez Family Center, deciding the winners. In addition to the on stage performances, the student-athletes had a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, raffle for gift certificates from campus businesses and sold Our State, Our Team wristbands to help raise money for the three charities.
Past Jock Jams Champions