With intercollegiate teams at the
University of Chicago, Northwestern, the University of Illinois, and Rush
Medical School, the students at the predecessor of the UIC College of Medicine,
(then known as the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago or "P&S")
were not about to be left behind. In October 1895, they formed an Athletic
Association to "promote the athletic spirit in the college, to equip the base ball and foot ball teams to represent the college away from home, and to give men who need exercise an opportunity to develop physically as well as mentally." A football team was organized almost immediately. Charles
Wynekoop from the class of 1898 was elected to be the captain and the team
began practicing in the Cook County Hospital Grounds the same month.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons
1895 Football Team
"Let your hair grow out and get in shape for football"
The Plexus 1896