Wednesday, July 16, 2014 • Vol. 137, No. 6




Astoria Park District Summer Ball Teams
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Vermont Memorial Ballpark 2014 Summer Ball Teams
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Heitz Named to Pre-Season All-Big 10 Team
Illinois offensive guard Michael Heitz was named to Phil Steele’s Offensive 2014 Pre-Season All-Big 10 Fourth Team … (more)


Fighting Illini Lift for Life

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CHAMPAIGN, JUNE 27 — Michael Heitz and the Fighting Illini held its third annual Uplifting Athletes Lift For Life event to raise money for Acoustic Neuroma Association on June 27 at Memorial Stadium.

Up to this point, Heitz and his teammates have raised nearly $8,000 for the worthy cause.

The football squad is divided into six teams sporting costumes of their choice for the various stages of lifting competition. Heitz’s group went with the traditional cowboy theme, and captured first place for the third year in a row.

Acoustic neuroma is a tumor that develops on the nerve that connects the ear to the brain, and can become life threatening if not treated.

One of Heitz’s teammates was diagnosed with this medical disability that ended his football career. This is how the Fighting Illini got involved in raising money for awareness and treatment.