Mannie Jackson and Harlem Globetrotters https://www.hoophall.com/hall-of-famers/mannie-jackson/
State Farm Center/Assembly Hall http://www.statefarmcenter.com/arena-info/about-state-farm-center
James Naismith https://www.thoughtco.com/james-naismith-basketball-1991639
Maple Floors https://blog.cityfloorsupply.com/why-are-sports-floors-always-made-out-of-maple-wood/#:~:text=Its%20high%20shock%20resistance%20is,fatigue%20in%20the%20athletes’%20joints.&text=Bowling%20alley%20floors%20and%20even%20the%20pins%20are%20constructed%20from%20maple%20wood.
Coach Lou Henson https://www.pjstar.com/article/20110622/NEWS/306229918
Coach Henson Record https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/coaches/lou-henson-1.html
Horween Leather Basketballs https://tradevistas.org/from-factory-to-finals-how-are-basketballs-made/
Illinois Basketball Players with Agriculture Connections https://fightingillini.com/documents/2020/11/22//3_Fighting_Illini_025_050.pdf?id=31902
#3 Jacob Grandison Major: Earth, Society & Environmental Responsibility
#34 Jermaine Hamlin Major: Human Development and Family Studies (College of Agriculture (ACES))
#2 Connor Serven Major: Agriculture and Consumer Economics
University of Illinois as a Land Grant School (1862-Thanks President Lincoln) https://admissions.illinois.edu/Discover/history#:~:text=UIUC%20began%20with%20the%20working,as%20a%20land%2Dgrant%20institution.
#11 Ayo Dosunmu Favorite Food? Macaroni and Cheese!
Champaign Illinois, home to University of Illinois as well as Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Processing plant, making over 1/2 of all Mac and Cheese across the nation! https://www.dallasnews.com/business/2020/04/09/we-cant-make-enough-mac-and-cheese-processed-food-is-undergoing-a-renaissance/
Here is a “Basketball Charm” activity to do with your students to help showcase the connections between basketball and agriculture:
Marcus Liberty https://www.marcusliberty.com/people/marcus-liberty/
Illini Players Show with Marcus Liberty and Patrick Quinn
Marcus Liberty Bobblehead