University of Illinois

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The first time Bruce Lu attended a football game, he was a high school exchange student living in Kansas. He knew nearly nothing about the American sport when he climbed into the stands to cheer on his peers.

Craig Virgin: Life in the fast lane

Virgin, president and founder of his own company, is no stranger to success, but he has always worked hard for his achievements.

Mannie Jackson: 2015 Theodore Roosevelt Award Honoree

Born in a boxcar, Jackson’s talent on and off the court led him to the highest levels of the game, the board room, and now the NCAA. Jackson attributes much of his success to his experiences at the University of Illinois, Champaign, and is now giving back to his alma mater in a unique way.

The Right Track

After trotting the globe both as a player and a team owner, Mannie Jackson is helping students at his alma mater envision success.


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