ICC to Host Thome Fields Dedication Event with Jim Thome

Illinois Central College President Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey and Honorary Chair Frank Abdnour will host a dinner and dedication of Thome Fields on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at the Illinois Central College CougarPlex. The event will honor Jim Thome, ICC alum of 1989 and Hall of Fame Inductee of 2018, for whom the ICC baseball and softball fields have been named after.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome back Jim Thome for an official dedication of Thome Fields,” said Dr. Quirk-Bailey. “We are looking forward to celebrating his many accomplishments and him being a role model for our athletes, students, and community.”

Doors for the ticketed dinner event open at 5 pm with a 5:30 pm dinner program. The dedication of Thome Fields, which is open to the general public, will be at 6:45 pm followed by an ICC baseball team scrimmage at 7 pm. Dinner tickets and table sponsorships can be purchased at All proceeds will benefit ICC athletic programs.

ICC Athletic Director Rob Buss said, “We are thrilled the event benefits our ICC athletic programs. It’s a wonderful opportunity for our athletes to converse with not only a Hall of Fame athlete but with someone who attended this college and was once in the same shoes as a community college athlete. It should be a very inspirational night for all.”

All event activities will follow current CDC guidelines for safety. For more information or to purchase dinner tickets, visit