News By Tag
* University of Illinois Fighting Illini
* College Football
* Cme Group
* Special Spectators
* Arizona State Sun Devils
* More Tags...
News By Place
Follow on Google News
Fighting Illini Provide Exciting Night Game Experience For Special Spectators
Patients and Families from Carle Foundation Hospital to Enjoy Memorial Stadium Game Day Atmosphere
This Saturday night marks the ninth year Illinois has shared a game-day affiliation with Special Spectators, a non-profit organization in existence solely to create magical days for seriously ill children and their families at sporting events across the U.S.
At this year’s event, select boys and girls from Carle Foundation Hospital and their families will be fully immersed into everything Illini football. They will enjoy a pre-game tailgate party along with visits from U of I cheerleaders, marching band, and student athletes before heading to their seats at Memorial Stadium.
In addition to the Illinois Athletic Department, CME Group is pivotal in making Saturday’s event for Special Spectators a reality. CME Group employees and members also volunteer their time to assist with the kids on Saturday night.
Since its inception, Special Spectators has hosted approximately 6,000 seriously ill children, parents and siblings at about 185 games. Through collegiate partners, its mission is to provide tickets to games and design robust days filled with special surprises and experiences in and around the stadium that are not accessible to most fans. Special Spectators is designed to create fun for the entire family and provide a pause from the difficulties they face battling a loved one’s illness – effectively making time stand still for one unforgettable, immersive and utterly joyful weekend. The organization is focused on doing this all over the country, all season long.
To learn more about Special Spectators, visit www.SpecialSpectators.org.
# # #
Special Spectators, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, creates magical days for seriously ill children and their families at sporting events across the United States. We pursue our mission, in partnership with our collegiate partners, by providing tickets to games and designing robust days filled with special surprises and experiences in and around the stadium. Special Spectators is designed to create fun for the entire family and provide a pause from the difficulties they face battling a loved one’s illness.
Account Email Address Account Phone Number Disclaimer Report Abuse