Join us for a Tailgate before the Northwestern game on 11/26.  Get Tickets Now

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

Join the Illini Guardians Today!
Support our Illini Student-Athletes!
Victory! Illinois Varsity!

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

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

Upcoming Events

NW Tailgate

Saturday, November 26, 2022

2 1/2 hours before kickoff (TBD)

American Legion Evanston Post
1030 Central Street, Evanston

3 blocks to the stadium, steps from the el.

Price includes BBQ buffet, beer and soft drinks.
The price does not include a game ticket.

“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.