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North Central College to Honor Shaun Wild, Al Benedetti Before Football Game

North Central College set to honor two alumni who died within the past year before college's first football game of the season.

will honor two alumni prior to the 1 p.m. start of the Cardinals’ first home football game of the season on Saturday, Sept. 1.

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Two alumni who died within the past year — Al Benedetti (Class of 1948) and Shaun Wild (Class of 2011) — will be honored during a pregame ceremony. The Cardinals face the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, 455 S. Brainard St. Tickets are $6 for adults and free to students with a valid ID and to children ages 3 and under.

. He played football at North Central, was president of the Student Leaders Association of Teacher Educators and a member of the student-athlete honor society. He graduated in 2011 with a major in elementary education with minors in history and social studies and taught second grade at Spring Brook Elementary School in Naperville. 

Benedetti was a Life Trustee and longtime stalwart of the College who passed away on May 3. He played football as a student-athlete and graduated from the College in 1948 with a degree in chemistry. His numerous contributions to North Central College include helping to build the College’s former football stadium known as the “$18,000 Miracle in Naperville” in 1976 and the facility that bears his name—Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium—that was built after a devastating 1996 flood.

The Sept. 8, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 games will be broadcast live on Naperville Community Television, Channel 17 and nctv17.com.

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