UI athletes take on the stage for charity

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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (WCIA) — UI student athletes are used to showing their talents in sports, but Monday night they performed on stage to raise money for charities. 

It’s called Jock Jams. Illini legend Deron Williams and assistant football coach Luke Butkus made a special appearance to judge the performances. 

These athletes are pretty talented at sports but the stage is where they tried to shine. From dancing, to stepping, to singing on stage, they definitely put themselves out there for the judges and the audience. 

This is the 9th annual Jock Jams. The money from ticket sales will be donated to three different charities: Camp Kesem, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Uplifting Athletes. 

Jill Nicklas, the event coordinator says, “You’ll see all of the sports teams going out and making a fool of themselves or putting a skit together, dancing or singing. It’s a variety of different acts.” 

Last year they raised around $10,000 and they’re hoping to top that this year. In the nine years they’ve been doing this event, they’ve raised more than $100,000 total.

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