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Former Illinois Basketball Star starts Amazing Initiative



Apr 7, 2023; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Jaden Hardy (3) knocks the ball away from Chicago Bulls guard Ayo Dosunmu (12) during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Former Illinois Basketball Star starts Amazing Initiative.

Former Illinois Basketball star, Ayo Dosunmu, will always be remembered in Champaign. He was the spearhead behind a complete turnaround in Illinois Basketball’s trajectory. After a decade of mediocrity and painful losses, Dosunmu jolted the Illinois Basketball program back into the upper echelon of the Big Ten. Ayo will be in his third year in the NBA, playing for the hometown Chicago Bulls. Notably, he looks to make a jump after a plateau of a Sophomore year.

Dosunmu actually visited Champaign this week. He spent time at Illini Gameday Spirit to sign autographs. Ayo has always been huge on being a public presence off the court. He has done lots of work for the community and most recently started a rather awesome initiative.

Good grades, Good life.

Ayo Dosunmu will donate Chicago Bulls tickets to students who make the honor roll at Beasley Academic Center. Dosunmu attended the school in Washington Park from third to eighth grade. This is such a cool story for Dosunmu to reward kids who work hard to make the honor roll. In a video posted by the Bulls, Dosunmu said “kids who normally get C’s or they’re borderline honor roll, it may give them an extra push to help them make the honor roll”

Ayo has hosted a number of charitable events. Additionally, he also held his second annual block party at Little Village neighborhood. The party hosted around 120 kids. Furthermore, this was the park where Dosunmu’s close friend, Darius Brown was killed in a drive-by shooting when Ayo was a teenager.

Champaign legend

No one in Champaign will forget Ayo Dosunmu. He made a huge impact on the court and deservedly had his jersey retired. However, he continues to bring a good name to himself and the University. His philanthropic activities and maturity with the media truly highlights that Ayo Dosunmu is one of a kind.

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