CHAMPAGNE, Ill. – The Fighting Illini Baseball Program’s annual Day of Honor and Service scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at 1 p.m. CT will benefit Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for Dr. Hedrick’s Fetal Surgery Team. Dr. Hedrick’s team managed to separate Siamese twins Addy and Lily Altobelli, daughters of Illinois baseball alumni Dominic Altobelli (’06-’09) and his wife, Maggie.
Over $4 million was raised for CHOP’s surgical team. The gift will be presented by the Illinois Baseball Dugout Club in honor of Addy, Lily, Maggie and Dominic Altobelli to fund new discoveries aimed at transforming personalized pediatric surgical care. The incredible story of the Altobelli family can be viewed here.
Dominic Altobelli played in 97 games with 91 starts for the Illini, posting a career batting average of .348. During his time in the Orange and Blue, he had 125 hits, including 12 home runs and 91 RBIs. Altobelli has continuously supported the Illinois baseball program since leaving Champaign, including serving as the team’s guest speaker on Illini’s Zoom Speaker Series during the 2020 COVID season.
Adult-size jerseys worn by Illinois baseball players will be auctioned off immediately after the game. Youth jerseys will also be available for sale. Additionally, Gameday Spirit will be selling Honor and Serve t-shirts which can be found here. All proceeds from the jersey auction and a portion of Gameday Spirit t-shirt sales will go to Dr. Hedrick’s surgical team at CHOP.
Illinois Baseball would also like to invite all veterans as well as active military personnel to join us in this celebration as we honor the military and serve the community at Illinois Field.