Kankakee Celebrates Jyaire Hill’s Role in Michigan’s 2024 National Championship


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Kankakee, IL – The City of Kankakee celebrated the exceptional achievement of Jyaire Hill, a Kankakee Kays football alum, on Tuesday night, undeterred by the Arctic temperatures. The event honored Hill’s participation in the University of Michigan’s historic win on January 8th, where they clinched their first outright national championship since 1948.

The Wolverines secured this monumental victory in the CFP National Championship Game against Washington, with a decisive 34-13 score. The championship is particularly noteworthy as it marks the program’s first undisputed title since 1948. The previous championship in 1997 was shared, making this victory a significant milestone in Michigan’s football history.

The community’s celebration for Hill reflects not only their pride in his accomplishments but also the inspiration he provides to aspiring athletes in Kankakee. Hill is one of 11 former IHSA student athleteson the Wolverine’s Championship roster, including Michigan Quarterback J.J. McCarthy.


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