University of Illinois

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.

Push

The skills former student-athletes honed in college propelled them to the Olympics … in a sport they'd never imagined.

Boundless determination

Wheelchair sports advocates are steadily toppling barriers.

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