No matter whether she was trying to seal the deal on a prized recruit or hosting a family get-together, Stone Creek was Terri Sullivan’s go-to spot.
“I had a ton of fun, with a wide range of people, out at Stone Creek in Urbana, developed by our great friends from The Atkins Group: family, staff, teams, players, colleagues and friends,” says Sullivan, who launched Illinois’ Division I softball program in 2000, going 488-369-2 in 16 seasons.
Now an assistant AD for academic advising at DePaul, Sullivan remembers that “some of our biggest recruits — Jenna Hall, Danielle Zymkowitz, Meredith Hackett, Pepper Gay — committed to us after a great dinner at what was then Kennedy’s.
“As a huge fan of Christmas, (husband) Shawn and (kids) Macy, Courtney, Ashley and I would have the team over to our house at Stone Creek, where we would play vicious games of spoons and players would show of their acting skills with skits they wrote and directed.
“My staff, led by Donna DiBiase, loved to run from campus down the beautiful tree-lined streets of C-U like Pennsylvania to my house for a summer staff retreat at the golf course. Our super supportive family would come from Chicago to visit and after mass at St. Pat’s and breakfast at Courier Café, they loved walking around our neighborhood, or sledding down some hills.
“The people sure made the place and everyone should spend some time out at Stone Creek.”