At the annual high school golf tournament in her son’s name, Janet Wells brings a posterboard and a message. That way participants “know who (Sam) was and what he looked like,” she said.

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Top moments? Top performances? There were plenty of them. Beat writer Scott Richey highlights the best and brightest teams, coaches and athletes from the past 12 months on the Illinois athletics scene — and also looks ahead to what is sure to be an unprecedented year due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Illinois athletics beat writer Scott Richey weighs in with his marks for all 19 Illini teams during the 2019-20 season

On Tuesday, the Atkins Group and the University of Illinois announced that the golf course would be donated to the UI athletic department, while more than 100 residential lots, 70 acres of undeveloped acreage and a 'sizeable commercial parcel' would be donated to the university.

Cassie Arner is the associate athletic director for marketing, fan development and strategic communication within the Illinois athletic department. She's also a 46-year-old white woman who is the mother of a 16-year-old black son, Clevel, and has spent most of his life learning about what life is like from his eyes. 'I had to learn everything I could. I needed to be fully educated so I could understand and advocate for him.'