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james m. mcilvaine, COMM '94

Jim McIlvaine

What do the NBA, hot rods and camp have in common? Jim McIlvaine.

The year he graduated, Jim was selected by the Washington Bullets in the second round of the NBA draft. He also played for the Seattle Supersonics and New Jersey Nets.

After retiring in 2001, Jim became a regular contributor to several automotive publications, including Popular Hotrodding and GM High-Tech Performance. His work has also appeared in magazines such as Super Chevy, Kit Car and WaterSki.

In 2005, Jim helped form a non-profit corporation that successfully purchased Camp Anokijig from the Racine, Wis., Family YMCA and transitioned it into an independent, non-profit youth and family camp. He now serves as its president.

As gratifying as he’s found his multi-faceted career, Jim considers Camp Anokijig his most rewarding work. “Anokijig had a profound impact on my life during very formative years,” he says. “It’s one of those rare places where families can have an enriching experience in a natural setting and help make the world a better place.”

Jim has also come back to Marquette: In addition to writing, he works as the color analyst for Marquette University men’s basketball.

“When the weather gets too cold to photograph cars, basketball season is just starting up,” says Jim.

In many ways, he has never left. “I’ve regularly drawn on my experiences at Marquette, whether I’m writing a story for a magazine, explaining a play during a basketball broadcast or speaking to a civic group about the benefits of a camping experience at Camp Anokijig,” says Jim. “I’m especially grateful for the values instilled during my time at Marquette and the moral compass I now have to help guide me through life.”

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