The University of Illinois

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The University of Illinois

The University of Illinois opened for classes on March 2, 1868 with only two faculty members and a handful of students. The school has grown to serve tens of thousands of students with an annual budget of over $1.5 billion. The growth of the university has always focused on excellence: both in the class room and on the athletic field. Many graduates and fans want to show their school spirit. One of the best ways to do that is to buy merchandise: sweatshirts, bumper stickers, etc. the most durable way to show your spirit is to buy an Illinois cornhole set.

To date, 21 alumni and faculty members have been named Nobel prize laureates. Another 20 are Pulitzer Prize winners. John Bardeen is the only person to have won two Nobel prizes in physics. He did so in 1956 and 1972. He was a faculty member when he won both prizes. In 2003, two faculty members won Nobel prizes: Paul Lauterbur(physiology or medicine) and Anthony Legget(physics).


U of I fields a team in 10 men’s and 11 women’s sports in the Big Ten Conference of the NCAA’s Division I. All of the teams are referred to as the Fighting Illini. The teams play at Memorial Stadium(football), Assembly Hall(basketball), and Atkins Tennis Center, and the Ice Arena. The U of I’s football team claims the honor of having the first homecoming game in America. The game was held on October 15, 1910. The Illini beat a number one ranked team on the road for the first time in 2007, when they beat the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Horseshoe. The men’s basketball team had a dream run in 2005 when they went 37-2. The season ended with a loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels in the national championship game.

The Illinois cornhole set is a great way to commemorate your alumnus, or favorite team, while encouraging your family to spend quality time together. You can buy a cornhole game that is made of wood or one that is made out of heavy-duty plastic. Each has a U of I logo and comes complete with a set of eight University of Illinois cornhole bean bags. Everything that you need to have hours of family fun in your own backyard comes in one box.

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