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Fostering relationships between Fighting Illini student-athletes, alumni and fans through Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) activities

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Our University of Illinois Head Coaches talk about the importance of NIL to our Fighting Illini athletic programs.

Now, hear what Illini student-athletes have to say about the great work Illini Guardians is doing to help support them!

Change Is Opportunity. Now Is Our Time. You Can’t Spell Illini Without NIL.

Past Events

Illini Guardians and Orange Krush

Sunday, April 30th


On Sunday, April 30th, the Illini Guardians partnered with the Orange Krush Foundation by bringing Fighting Illini basketball players Dain Dainja, Luke Goode, & Sencire Harris to their Charity Knockout Tournament at the ARC, with all proceeds to The Land Connection, training farmers in restorative techniques to protect our farmlands. Over 50 members of the Krush got to meet, interact, and take pictures with the players that they yell and cheer for at the State Farm Center. Great event, great cause and just another way your subscriber $’s are helping support the local community.

“The world of NIL has opened dynamic and exciting opportunities for student-athletes to market their individual name, image, likeness and voice.

This has created an unprecedented need for a trusted liaison group to raise NIL funds and match opportunities for students and the Illini Nation with integrity and innovation that will keep our athletic programs among the country’s elite. Illini Guardians is exactly such a group.”

-Kendall Gill, Illini Hall of Fame

“Illini Guardians is going to give us the opportunity, because of you, the Illini fans, to help maintain and retain athletes from going other places.
So it’s vital, to have your support for Illini Guardians.”

– Brad Underwood
University of Illinois, Men’s Basketball Coach.