Champaign, Ill. (UI Release) -The Illinois basketball program is partnering with the American Cancer Society and UI Rebounders booster club for "Illini Tie Together" during the annual Suits and Sneakers weekend. This collaborative effort will support Coaches vs. Cancer when No. 23 Illinois takes on No. 5 Michigan in front of a sold out Assembly Hall on Sunday, Jan. 27.
A special tie has been designed for this game; one for every player and Head Coach John Groce. A silent auction for those ties will be held from pregame through halftime on Jan. 27, in Rooms 133-134 of the Assembly Hall. The player ties will have their number embroidered on the back, and Coach Groce's tie will be autographed. Proceeds from that auction will benefit Coaches vs. Cancer.
In addition, "Illini Tie Together" orange T-shirts are on sale now at Gameday Spirit Champaign locations (519 E. Greet St. or 2028 N. Prospect Ave.). Those shirts also will be on sale at Assembly Hall merchandise stands prior to Thursday's game vs. Northwestern as well as the Michigan game. A portion of proceeds from sales will go to Coaches vs. Cancer.
Fans are encouraged to wear either the commemorative "Illini Tie Together" T-shirt or a tie to the Jan. 27 game to show their support in the fight against cancer. Members of the Orange Krushstudent support group will all be wearing ties courtside on that day.
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