Illini legend Downey adds Entrepreneur of the Year to list of accolades

Illini legend Downey adds Entrepreneur of the Year to list of accolades

CHAMPAIGN — The awards keep coming for Champaign businessman, Illini basketball legend and generous donor Dave Downey.

The latest honor, announced Wednesday and set to be celebrated on June 12: Parkland College's V. Dale Cozad Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which recognizes a local leader and self-starter who possesses the same "drive, perseverance, discipline, confidence, strong worth ethic and passion" that the award's namesake was known for.

Named last month to News-Gazette Media's inaugural Seventy Over 70 group, Downey was inducted last year into the Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame and honored alongside wife Jane Hays with the Kyle and Phyllis Robeson Philanthropy Award.

Good company

Dave Downey is the 10th entrepreneur honored by Parkland College, joining a who's who of Cozad award winners:

2010: Clint Atkins
2011: Rick Stephens
2012: Dwight Miller
2013: Rudy Frasca
2014: Murray Wise
2015: Steve Hillard
2016: Lori Gold Patterson
2017: Jeff Hartman
2018: Robert Libman Family
2019: Dave Downey

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