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Blueboys to honor veterans at upcoming football game


Illinois College Football will honor all veterans in attendance at their matchup against Macalester College on Saturday, Nov. 11, with kick off at 1 p.m.

In observance of Veterans Day, all veterans will receive free admission to the game and are invited to join Head Coach Ray DeFrisco and the Blueboys football team on the sideline of Green Athletic Field at 12:45 p.m. 

Veterans will be recognized during the playing of the national anthem and will then participate in the coin toss prior to kick off. The national anthem and halftime show will be performed by the 144th Army Band, Five Star Brass, based in Springfield. 

Illinois College Director of Athletics Mike Snyder said he looks forward to honoring the many veterans living in local areas, many of whom graduated from Illinois College. He hopes to make the event an annual tradition.  

We are humbled to have the ability to honor and thank these local heroes. This is a great way to bring the community together and demonstrate our collective gratitude for the sacrifices and selfless bravery our local veterans have displayed for our country.
Mike Snyder, Director of Athletics

For those wishing to show additional support for veterans, T-shirts will be available to purchase for $15, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit that serves veterans and their families. 

Tickets can be purchased at the gate and are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Please contact Katie Carls, director of campus events, with questions at or 217.245.3112.

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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