Sports do more than entertain us. For many, they provide formative experiences as we come of age, often transforming our lives in ways we only dimly understand. They teach us crucial lessons about life - the importance of teamwork, the value of persistence, and the need to pursue excellence in order to achieve success. Sports provide us with some of our most cherished memories, and gives us invaluable experience in dealing with both the highs and lows of life. This project is dedicated to collecting the stories of Illinois’s rich sports history, and preserving them for future generations.