The 16th Annual Sapora Symposium will take place November 14 - 15, 2019, at the Colonnades Club at Memorial Stadium.
With more than 350 students attending and a lineup of top speakers, this year’s event is slated to be the biggest and best ever. It is sure to be informative and entertaining, and a great highlight of our students’ experience at Illinois.
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of College Football and the 100th anniversary of the NFL, the feature panel for the afternoon session on Thursday, November 14th is titled “Red Grange and His impact on Sport and Culture in the United States, 1924 -1989.” The panel features some of the foremost experts and scholars on Red Grange.
On Friday, November 15th, invited speakers who are leaders in their field will speak about current issues, trends, and future growth in recreation, sport, and tourism. Speakers include Carmen Rossi (founder of the Chicago-based company, 8 Hospitality Group), Melissa Luebbe (publisher of Midwest Living Magazine), Deon Thomas (former American-Israeli basketball player, Illinois Mr. Basketball, and the all-time leading scorer in Fighting Illini history), and Dr. Alan Nathan (professor emeritus of the University of Illinois Physics Department) who will provide fascinating insight into the physics involved in baseball.