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U of I student group pledges $1M to arena project

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URBANA, Ill. -- A student cheering group at the University of Illinois has pledged $1 million to help renovate the school's sports arena.

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The group, called Orange Krush, will get its own hospitality room at the State Farm Center in return for the donation. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1eCHhmB ) the gift is part of a planned $160 million overhaul of the arena formerly known as the Assembly Hall.

Bloomington-based State Farm Insurance Co. is paying $60 million over 30 years in exchange for the arena's naming rights.

Orange Krush has raised more than $2.7 million for the university and charities since 1998. The group has raised money for a children's home, a food bank, a women's center and other organizations over the years.

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