SAVOY (WCIA) — Almost three decades later and hundreds of thousands dollars raised, former Illini great Kendall Gill is still as passionate as ever about the Cunningham Children’s Home. So it’s no surprise the recent Illini Hall of Fame inductee was in attendance at the 29th annual golf outing at the U of I Orange Course on Monday afternoon, thanking the nearly 150 players for donating to children in need.
“We have a number of players that go to the professional ranks that have the ability to come back and financially help the community,” Gill said. “I hope that they all see the example that we’ve set here at Cunningham Children’s Home and if not join us, start their own thing and help out another charity.”
Several notable Illini were also at the course, including athletic director Josh Whitman, former coach Lou Henson and current coach Brad Underwood. He’s had a busy few weeks, adding two new players to the 2018 recruiting class in Anthony Higgs and Adonis De La Rosa. Underwood had nothing but praise for Gill, using him as an example for his team.
“Twenty-nine years of this event, his love for the Champaign-Urbana area, his love for the University of Illinois has never been more prominent as this event has continued to go,” Underwood said. “And you put it with this cause and his love for kids and I think it speaks volumes for who Kendall Gill truly is.”