Fans get close to Dee Brown, Illini players at 1st Tailgate - KMOV.com

Fans get close to Dee Brown, Illini players at 1st Tailgate

Those who attended the first Dee Brown Tailgate in Rochester, Ill. on Saturday had the opportunity to play cards with Jerrance Howard and Rich McBride, bid on a pair of Derek Fisher's shoes and play bags and basketball against Dee Brown himself.

The first of what could be an annual event was just a part of Brown's goal of giving back to his community.

"A lot of things that we're going to do, a lot of things that I've done, are strictly for the kids and letting them know that we are trying to better our community and have more kids go to college, more kids see the life that I'm seeing. To do that, you've got to reach out and help," Brown said.

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