Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 8/6/13
All-time Illini and Chicago Bears great Dick Butkus will host a luncheon at the Illini Chicago Homecoming Sept. 12-14 prior to and around the Illinois-Washington college football game. The Dick Butkus luncheon, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12, from 11:30-1:30 p.m. at Wildfire Chicago, will include a silent auction with proceeds split between the I FUND, Butkus Foundation and I PLAY CLEANTM program. Butkus will also make an appearance at the Illini-Huskies game. “We are very enthused about partnering with Illinois alumni and all-time great Dick Butkus and his foundation for the luncheon to support two great endeavors,” Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas said. On game day, Butkus will appear at the free Illini Fest tailgate, located in the Stadium Green area east of Soldier Field, and will participate in the coin toss at midfield. “Everyone says there’s thousands of Illini alumni and fans in the Chicago area,” Butkus said. “Here’s your chance to show your colors in the City of the Big Shoulders.” Dick Butkus and his son Matt formed the I PLAY CLEANTM program was formed to educate and encourage high school students to make the right choice of playing clean, rather than resorting to illegal and dangerous steroids and performance enhancing products. Illini Fest is Sept. 14 from 1-4:30 p.m. at the Soldier Field Stadium Green Area (southeast lawn) with live music and entertainment, face painting, appearances by the Marching Illini and Fighting Illini cheerleaders, appearances and autographs by Fighting Illini all-time greats, including Hall of Famer Dick Butkus. Cost is free. Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, a Fox Sports affiliate. He is also an analyst for 95.7 The Fan, and writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows his Twitter account (@PaulMBanks) The post Chicago Bears legend Dick Butkus coming to Illini Soldier Field game appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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