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Volunteers needed for 2017 USA Girls’ 16A-U National Championship
The Town of Normal is still seeking volunteers for the upcoming 2017 USA Girls’ 16A-U National Championship at Champion Fields. We are looking to schedule volunteers to help us Tuesday, July 31st to Saturday, August 5th. We will also be seeking experienced volunteers to help on championship Sunday, August 6th by appointment only. If you would like to sign up to help please use the following link Http://nprd.ivolunteer.com
Once you are at the website you can select the date, time, field and job of your choice. We are seeking Scoreboard Operators and Score Sheet/Announcers for all fields. The website is fairly easy to navigate. It does require a valid e-mail address to send confirmations.
Should you have any issues registering or questions in general, please contact Tony Axelson, Volunteer Coordinator at (309)454-9779 or Taxelson@normal.org


Redbird Fan Fair, Scrimmages Highlight Busy Day on August 19
The 13th-annual Redbird Fan Fair will take place Saturday, Aug. 19, on the Illinois State campus, where patrons will have the opportunity to enjoy the Redbird volleyball scrimmage, football scrimmage, carnival games and music.
The volleyball scrimmage will start at 1 p.m. in Redbird Arena, with Fan Fair to follow on the concourse at Hancock Stadium at 2:30 p.m. Fans can then head to the stands to watch the Redbird football team scrimmage on the turf beginning at 4 p.m. All events are free to the public and serve as the official kickoff of the 2017 fall athletics season. Free parking will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis in lots surrounding Hancock Stadium and Redbird Arena.
The first 500 Reggie’s Kids Club members in attendance at Hancock Stadium will receive the official 2017 Reggie’s Kids Club T-shirt. Reggie’s Kids Club is free for children ages 12 and under. Each member receives Reggie’s monthly eNewsletter about all the Reggie’s Kids Club events, a birthday card from Reggie, and give-a-ways and invitations to exclusive Reggie’s Kids Club events. Children who have been signed up in the past do not need to “renew” their membership. Once a child is signed up, their membership stays active until they turn 13 years old. For more information on Reggie’s Kids Club, visit www.ReggiesKidsClub.com.
Student-athletes and coaches from Illinois State’s 19 varsity sports teams will be on hand at the Fan Fair, assisting in the various games. They will interact with the fans and will be signing autographs on a limited basis. Additional activities include inflatable games provided by Fun on the Run and a climbing wall provided by Upper Limits. Football season ticket holders have the chance to pick up Redbird clear stadium bags at Fan Fair.
Also a part of this year’s festivities is the annual Spirit Photo sponsored by the Dean of Students Office, in which Illinois State University students have the opportunity to take a photo on the field at Hancock Stadium with members of the Big Red Marching Machine, the ISU cheerleaders and Reggie Redbird. Students are encouraged to wear red and a limited number of free t-shirts will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The photo will be taken at 3:30 p.m., and students are encouraged to stick around for the football scrimmage at 4 p.m.



Paris Lee Signs Pro Contract with Port of Antwerp Giants
Former Illinois State men’s basketball guard Paris Lee has signed a contract to play professionally in Belgium for the Port of Antwerp Giants, a team that competes in the Belgian League and FIBA Europe Cup.
Located in Antwerp, Belgium, the Port of Antwerp Giants play at the 5,218-seat Lotto Arena. Formed in 1995, the Port of Antwerp Giants have earned two Belgian Supercup titles (2007, 2016), two Belgian Cup titles (2000, 2007) and one Belgian Championship title (2000).
The 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Larry Bird Player of the Year and MVC Defensive Player of the Year, Lee was also an AP All-America Honorable Mention selection. He led the MVC and ranked 50th nationally with 1.9 steals and 5.0 assists per game.



IWU Titan Athletics Golf Outing Monday, July 31
Sign-up is now underway for the 26th annual Titan Athletics Golf Outing, which will be held on Monday, July 31, at the El Paso Golf Club in rural El Paso.
Entry cost for a single golfer is $180, which includes lunch, golf, cart, rib-eye dinner, drinks, prizes and an entry gift. The cost is $720 for a foursome and hole sponsorships are also still available at $250. To enter a foursome and sponsor a hole, there is a discounted price of $920.
Lunch and registration begin at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start for the event at 12 p.m. There are a number of special games during the round, including a long putt contest, longest drive contest, “beat the pro” shot contest and a chance to win a car with a hole-in-one. Go here for a brochure that explains the 2017 outing and registration information.
The rib-eye steak dinner will begin at 4:30 p.m. (following the golf) and to sign up for the dinner only the cost is $50.
Go to www.iwu.edu/titan-golf/ to register online.
All proceeds from this event support Illinois Wesleyan athletic teams to continue a high level of competitiveness at the conference and national level. In 2016-17, Illinois Wesleyan teams won three College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin titles and 11 teams competed in NCAA Championships. Just as important, our student-athletes excelled in the classroom, logged over 6,000 hours of community service and raised over $30,000 for local charities.


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CornBelters Legends Game to be Saturday, July 29th
The 2nd Annual Legends Game presented by McLean County Orthopedics live from The Corn Crib on Saturday, July 29th, 2017 features some of your favorite all-time baseball greats, special entertainment guests, and more!
The lineup to date includes:
Rick Ankiel
Isaac Byrd
Jose Canseco
Bob Dernier
Mike Fontenot
Jason Isringhausen
Brian Jordan
Mark Prior
Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams
Carlos Zambrano
Additionally, Dan Hampton and Steve McMichael of the 1985 Chicago Bears will be making an appearance with the Chicago 6 Band for a special post-game performance.
Meet and greet tickets (day of game) are on sale for $25 each.
The Legends reception is on Friday, July 28th from 7-9 p.m. at The Corn Crib. It will be a casual, relaxed atmosphere with an opportunity for attendees to meet the players, hear stories from their playing days, and have an amazing fan experience with the legends.
Reception tickets are on sale for $55 if you have a reserved box seat ($20 each) for the game and $60 if you have a bleacher seat ($15 each).
To purchase tickets visit the Mid-Illini Credit Union Box Office located at 1000 West Raab Road in Normal, call the CornBelters Ticket Office at (309) 454-BALL (2255) or online at normalbaseball.com






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2017 ISU Athletics Hall of Fame Class Announced
The 2017 Illinois State Athletics Percy Family Hall of Fame class was officially announced Monday, as Kara Nelson Wiesmeyer (softball), two-time MVC Player of the Year and All-American; Aisha Praught Leer (cross country /track and field), NCAA All-American and 2016 Olympian; Samantha Richdale (golf), three-time Missouri Valley Conference individual medalist; Darrell Smith (tennis), four-year letterwinner at No. 1 singles/doubles and top-5 in career singles wins; and Kim Sucher Becker (volleyball/softball/basketball), a three-sport standout who helped ISU teams to state and regional championships, will each become members of the Illinois State Athletics Percy Family Hall of Fame.
In addition to the 2017 Hall of Fame class, Steve Fisher, a 1967 graduate of Illinois State and NCAA national-championship winning basketball coach, will be honored with the Institutional Great Award. The inaugural honor recognizes an Illinois State alumnus who has achieved significant personal and professional accomplishments at the professional or college levels.
The honorees will be officially introduced during the Hall of Fame banquet at 8 a.m., Oct. 21, in the Brown Ballroom at the Bone Student Center on the Illinois State University campus. The class will also be recognized during the Homecoming Parade and at halftime of the Illinois State-South Dakota football game later that day. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Reservations for the Hall of Fame ceremony are $25 per person and can be purchased through the ISU Athletics Department. To order tickets for the event or for more information, please call Beth Harding at (309) 438-3636.




Brock Spack Bobblehead Giveaway Planned For Sept. 2 Season Opener
The Illinois State football team officially opens the 2017 season Sept. 2 against Butler, and 2,000 lucky fans in attendance will receive a limited-edition Brock Spack bobblehead to take home as a souvenir.
The first 6,000 fans through the gates at Hancock Stadium prior to the 6:30 p.m. kickoff will receive a scratch off ticket. A total of 2,000 of those will result in ISU head coach Brock Spack bobbleheads being given to lucky fans with winning tickets. The bobblehead giveaway is the fourth Illinois State Athletics has commissioned in recent years, but the first for a Redbird head coach.
The giveaway is one perk of the annual Spack Stache Bash. The free event open to all ages prior to the football game and last year’s inaugural event included a parking lot party, featured a DJ and included giveaways and food samples from local sponsors.
Season ticket packages and the ‘Spack Pack’ two-game ticket plan for the upcoming 2017 football season are on sale now, with single-game tickets available on July 20. To secure your seats, or for more information about Redbird football tickets, contact the Illinois State Athletics Ticket Office at (309) 438-8000 or visit GoRedbirds.com/Tickets.


CornBelters to hold 2017 Legends Game July 29
The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, are excited to announce the McLean County Orthopedics’ 2nd Annual Legends Game.
Last season the MCO Cubs vs. Cardinals Legends Game featured former MLB legends such as Fergie Jenkins, Lee Smith and Bill Buckner. For the upcoming 2017 season we have advanced our roster to include legends of sports and entertainment. So far the 2017 MCO Legends game roster will consist of former Cubs pitcher Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams and former Cubs second baseman Mike Fontenot. WWE Superstar Ron “R-Truth” Killings will also be part of this star-studded event. Be sure to check out our social media pages and website as additional names are to be released in the upcoming weeks.
The 7-inning MCO Legends game will be followed by a postgame concert on Saturday, July 29th. The concert will feature the Chicago 6 Band, the band is comprised of 1985 Super Bowl champion Bears, Dan Hampton and Steve “Mongo” McMichael. Game and concert times have yet to be determined.
Game tickets are now on sale for $20 starting this Friday, October 28th! Fans will have the opportunity to purchase passes to the welcome reception set for Friday July 28th and/or the pre-game meet and greet once the roster is finalized. Get your tickets now before this weekend full of historical nostalgia sells out!


IWU Titan Athletics Golf Outing Monday, July 31
Sign-up is now underway for the 26th annual Titan Athletics Golf Outing, which will be held on Monday, July 31, at the El Paso Golf Club in rural El Paso.
Entry cost for a single golfer is $180, which includes lunch, golf, cart, rib-eye dinner, drinks, prizes and an entry gift. The cost is $720 for a foursome and hole sponsorships are also still available at $250. To enter a foursome and sponsor a hole, there is a discounted price of $920.
Lunch and registration begin at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start for the event at 12 p.m. There are a number of special games during the round, including a long putt contest, longest drive contest, “beat the pro” shot contest and a chance to win a car with a hole-in-one. Go here for a brochure that explains the 2017 outing and registration information.
The rib-eye steak dinner will begin at 4:30 p.m. (following the golf) and to sign up for the dinner only the cost is $50.
Go to www.iwu.edu/titan-golf/ to register online.
All proceeds from this event support Illinois Wesleyan athletic teams to continue a high level of competitiveness at the conference and national level. In 2016-17, Illinois Wesleyan teams won three College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin titles and 11 teams competed in NCAA Championships. Just as important, our student-athletes excelled in the classroom, logged over 6,000 hours of community service and raised over $30,000 for local charities.










  

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