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During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. While the University of Illinois’ basketball team is getting up a few last-minute practice jumpers and running layup lines, there’s another group of Illini who are also preparing for the spotlight. Orange Krush, the school’s student cheering section, has a pregame routine that’s just as important to them. “We let the kids in to the Great West Hall, they can get warm,
Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section. Before she even arrived at the University of Illinois, Hannah Taylor knew she wanted to be a member of Orange Krush. Although she didn’t fully understand what being part of the University of Illinois’ basketball cheering section entailed before she came to Champaign, Taylor sensed it would be a meaningful experience. And today, she couldn’t be happier with her decision to join
In John Groce’s first year at the helm of the Illini men’s basketball program, his team relied on the deep threat. And that mindset — 280 made three-point field goals — helped the Illini reach the second round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for the first time since 2011. But for two Champaign organizations, the Cunningham Children’s Home and the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, those three-point shots meant more than wins and losses. Each season, members the Orange Krush Foundation – the basketball student cheering section – pledge money for each three-point basket. The made three pointers last season amounted