Illini Guardians In The News
Illini Guardians In The News!
HoopsHD’s Jon Teitel commences our coverage with the Illini Guardians NIL collective, who discussed what the group is about and what it has accomplished so far.
The “Help Tackle Hunger” program was the brainchild of Illinois alumni, John and Bonnie Dauer, who were determined to use the new name, image and likeness (NIL) possibilities to boost the competitive edge for Illini football while bringing attention to a statewide community crisis.
I would like to introduce NIL Impact, a new Division of Intercollegiate Athletics campaign where we are asking everyone to support NIL engagements for Fighting Illini student-athletes.
Illini Guardians NIL collective launches subscription program to support University of Illinois Fighting Illini student-athletes.
“Ultimately, we need to make sure we maintain certain core principles: integrity, competitive fairness, education,” Whitman said. “Those are all things that have to be central to what we do. But we have to get to a more progressive place, and we have to get to a place of stability and legal high ground where we can feel confident in our future. I’m hopeful that as a group of schools, we will do that in the months and years ahead.”
“What is it that you want your university experience to be and what is it that you want collegiate amateurism to be?” asked Adam Fleischer a founder of the University of Illinois collective, the Illini Guardians. “If you believe that it’s simply a vehicle for a stepping stone for the pros, then you’re going to see NIL and the NIL world as a much more commercial endeavor. But if you look at it and say that kids come to the university to learn to get an education, to be a part of a community and to figure out how to interact with the world around them, then NIL has a very different feel to it. It’s much more of a teaching mechanism and a community opportunity that is interwoven with commercial benefit.”
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“While you saw instances where there were two or three well-heeled donors funding some massive NIL program– for Illini Guardians we saw and continue to see the groundswell of your everyday people who have been sitting on the sidelines and in the woodwork for decades wanting to come forward and help with what we’re creating. This is it. It is amazing to see and kind of humbling.”
CHICAGO, IL – IlliniGuys Larry Smith @LarrySmithTV, Brad Sturdy @Sturdy32 & Mike Cagley @MikeCagley talk with Adam Fleischer @IlliniFleisch of Illini Guardians.
DECATUR, IL – Days after the Illinois legislature passed a bill on Friday allowing universities to facilitate NIL deals, Whitman, basketball coach Brad Underwood and football coach Bret Bielema were in a room addressing over a hundred donors.
CHAMPAIGN, IL – One hundred Illinois student-athletes across all sports have partnered with Day Off Social, a national nonprofit created to encourage young people to take time away from social media in pursuit of in person community engagement and healthy personal habits.
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