Illinois Football Team to Host Supply Drive

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Illinois football team will host a charitable supply drive to benefit the Cunningham Children's Home on Wednesday, June 28 at Memorial Stadium, beginning at 6 a.m. and lasting until 6 p.m. The team will be encouraging members of the community to donate items from the Home's wish list. The Illini goal is to "Score a Touchdown For the Cunningham Children's Home."

The Illini will attempt to line up donated items the length of a football field with the help of generous members of the community.

"As a team, we wanted to do something this summer to give back to a community which has given us so much," Illinois senior offensive lineman Matt Maddox said. "Coach Zook talks all the time about becoming more of a team and this was a project we felt could help us bond and be very rewarding for us. These kids are really in need of so many things that we take for granted each day, whether it be a toothbrush, towels or a football."

Fans or community members wishing to donate should drive down Irwin Drive on the North side of the stadium and turn into the grass fields on the West side. Football players will be on hand to take donations as well as sign autographs and take photos.

Each year football teams try to organize a summer project for team unity. This is the first time the team has chosen a charitable organization. The Supply Drive is the first of three events the team will participate in with Cunningham, hosting a movie night and a fun fest for the children in July.

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