Fourth Jock Jams featuring UI student-athletes set Feb. 27

Fourth Jock Jams featuring UI student-athletes set Feb. 27

CHAMPAIGN — They can tackle, rush, pass, sprint, dive and catch ... but did you know University of Illinois student-athletes also have a theatrical side?

You can come see them sing, dance and act in a talent show for charity, the fourth annual Jock Jams, scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Huff Hall.

Tickets are $5, and the proceeds this year will be divided among three charities, Student Athletes Leading Social Change, the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen and the Crisis Nursery, said Macy Hyatt, a UI senior in community health and member of the women's gymnastics team.

SALSC, co-founded by former UI swimmer Cece Marizu, is a nonprofit organization made up of current and former college student-athletes from schools across the world, according to its website at

Daily Bread provides meals for the homeless and poor in the local community, and the Crisis Nursery provides a safe haven for infants and young children of parents in temporary crisis situations.

Jock Jams has become an Illini tradition of giving back to the community, Hyatt said.

"Every team from our university will be participating," she said.

Tickets are available through student-athletes and are also being sold at the Assembly Hall box office. Tickets also will be available at the door.