Past & Present Flames Reunite At Hall Of Fame, Alumni Weekend
Feb. 11, 2010
CHICAGO- Last weekend reunited past and present Flames student-athletes, coaches, administrators and supporters during the annual UIC Athletics Hall of Fame festivities and the men's basketball and Dancing Flames alumni days.
A night celebrating six UIC greats took place this past Friday, Feb. 5 at the 2010 UIC Athletics Reunion and Hall of Fame Banquet inside the UIC Forum.
Softball All-American Cameron Astiazaran, cross country standout Jenni Goebel, basketball legend John Ellis, all-time winningest soccer coach Sasha Begovic and multi-sport Navy Pier star Luke Reckamp were inducted into the UIC Athletics Hall of Fame, while world-renowned personal trainer and former Flames basketball player Tim Grover was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
A bevy of past Hall of Fame inductees were in attendance, as were members of outstanding UIC teams such as the softball squads of the late 1990s and early 2000s, the 1999 and 2000 soccer teams, and many more Flames contributors.
UIC Hall of Famers Nicole Livingston, president of the UIC Athletic Alumni Club, and Bill Merchantz, chair of the UIC Development Leadership Board, spoke to the crowd of over 275 during an extravagant evening of memories and honoring those from the past who have paved the way for future UIC Athletics success.
The following day featured a jam-packed slate of alumni events at the UIC Pavilion.
Prior to the men's basketball game against Youngstown State, former Flames such as Ellis, Martell Bailey, Armond Williams, Kenny Williams, Joe Scott, Kyle Kickert, Jordan Kardos, Bryant Lowe, and a host of others took part in the 2010 men's basketball alumni game.
With associate head coach Tracy Dildy and assistant coach Mark Miller, both former Flames players, pitted against each other on the sidelines as they led their respective alumni teams, the friendly contest featured a competitive showing, numerous playful moments and even a couple of dunks.
Feb. 6 was also alumni day for the Dancing Flames, as current coach and former Dancing Flame Toya Ambrose and numerous former UIC dancers gathered to perform at halftime of the men's basketball game.
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