$3 million gift received for Illinois State Indoor Practice Facility – The Pantagraph

NORMAL — A $3 million gift commitment for Illinois State’s long-sought Indoor Practice Facility project has been received from entrepreneur Dee Miller, his wife Sheila Marshall-Miller and former Illinois State student-athlete and professional football player BJ Bello.

The Illinois State Board of Trustees previously authorized its athletics department to proceed with design, bidding, construction, and financing of the Indoor Practice Facility during a special meeting on Dec. 12.

Authority to proceed with construction was contingent upon securing commitments for $8.05 million of the total $11.5 million project cost. This gift moves the project past that threshold.

“We are incredibly grateful to Dee, Sheila, and BJ for their commitment to our student-athletes and the Indoor Practice Facility,” ISU director of athletics Kyle Brennan said. “This project is a game-changer for our department and the campus community, and their investment and confidence in our vision means the world to us.

“Their gift will enhance the student-athlete experience while providing every opportunity to win championships. This is another significant milestone in our efforts to elevate ISU Athletics to new heights. We can’t thank them enough.”

Brennan has stated his goal is to begin construction this spring so the facility will be ready for use in the fall 2022 semester. A groundbreaking date is yet to be determined.



A conceptual rendering of a proposed Illinois State indoor practice facility.




Dee Miller is a managing partner of 360 Sports Group and the founder and CEO of The Linq Up LLC, a social media app for people of faith. Prior to founding The Linq Up, Miller was senior vice president of global promotions & marketing for Media Arts Entertainment and is an established record producer and songwriter.

He is a member of the iHeart Media Community Relations and Soup N Share Outreach Program boards in the Southern Illinois and greater St. Louis area.

“It’s important to Sheila and me that we continue to share our blessings,” Miller said. “ISU has given so much to our family. This gift will help the university and the athletic department in so many ways.

“This is just the beginning of our commitment to continue the good work already started by so many before us. Our goal is to help Illinois State be competitive with every university in the world, in every area.”

Sheila Marshall-Miller is a business owner and award-winning educator of more than 25 years. She has served many students in the Springfield, Edwardsville and Hazelwood, Mo., school districts as an elementary and middle school teacher, reading coach, and reading specialist.

She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from ISU and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Illinois-Springfield.



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NORMAL — A $3 million gift commitment for Illinois State’s long-sought Indoor Practice Facility project has been received from entrepreneur Dee Miller, his wife Sheila Marshall-Miller and former Illinois State student-athlete and professional football player BJ Bello.

The Illinois State Board of Trustees previously authorized its athletics department to proceed with design, bidding, construction, and financing of the Indoor Practice Facility during a special meeting on Dec. 12.

Authority to proceed with construction was contingent upon securing commitments for $8.05 million of the total $11.5 million project cost. This gift moves the project past that thre…….

NORMAL — A $3 million gift commitment for Illinois State’s long-sought Indoor Practice Facility project has been received from entrepreneur Dee Miller, his wife Sheila Marshall-Miller and former Illinois State student-athlete and professional football player BJ Bello.

The Illinois State Board of Trustees previously authorized its athletics department to proceed with design, bidding, construction, and financing of the Indoor Practice Facility during a special meeting on Dec. 12.

Authority to proceed with construction was contingent upon securing commitments for $8.05 million of the total $11.5 million project cost. This gift moves the project past that thre…….

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