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    Fighting Illini Caravan Continues Monday in Springfield
    Coach Matt Bollant will be in Springfield on Monday with the Fighting Illini Caravan.

    Coach Matt Bollant will be in Springfield on Monday with the Fighting Illini Caravan.

    May 18, 2012

    Champaign, Ill. - The Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics continues its nine-city tour on May 21 with the Fighting Illini Springfield Caravan, sponsored by Selvaggio Steel. Illinois football coach Tim Beckman, men's basketball assistant coach Isaac Chew, women's basketball coach Matt Bollant, volleyball coach Kevin Hambly and Director of Athletics Mike Thomas will host a reception on Monday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Erin's Pavilion (4965 S. 2nd St.). The evening will include heavy hors d'oeuvres, an autograph session and a chance to chat with the Illini coaches. Illinois fans can still register for the reception, which is $25 per person, online at Tickets also will be available for purchase at the door.

    Illini coaches will be active throughout the day in Springfield. Coaches Beckman and Hambly will speak to students at Franklin Middle School while Coaches Chew and Bollant speak to students at Capital College Preparatory Academy. Select Illini student-athletes also will be on site during the school visits. All the coaches and Illini athletes will then head to St. John's Hospital to visit with patients in the children's wing. Prior to the evening reception, the coaches and AD Mike Thomas also will participate in a VIP event at Erin's Pavilion.

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