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ILLINI GUARDIANS READY TO ROCK IF KOFI RETURNS

ILLINI GUARDIANS READY TO ROCK IF KOFI RETURNS

CHAMPAIGN, IL – During the last two decades, few who have dominated college basketball like Cockburn for multiple seasons would even consider returning to college basketball for a fourth year. But this, of course, is a new era of college basketball — one in which student-athletes are actually allowed to earn money for endorsements and one in which program boosters can openly talk about efforts to funnel funds to players, which now is fully and publicly embraced by the university — as long as the new rules are followed, of course.
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THE POWER OF NIL: ILLINI HELPING ILLINI ON CHICAGO’S SOUTH SIDE

THE POWER OF NIL: ILLINI HELPING ILLINI ON CHICAGO’S SOUTH SIDE

CHICAGO, IL – In a demonstration of the powerful reach and impact college name, image and likeness (NIL) programming can bring to the community, Illinois star football players, Isaiah Williams and Alex Palczewski, met with Chicago grade school students on February 26, 2022 at the Evolution Express Art Show on Chicago’s South Side in celebration of Black History Month.
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ILLINI GUARDIANS ALLOWING FANS TO GET INTO THE NIL GAME

ILLINI GUARDIANS ALLOWING FANS TO GET INTO THE NIL GAME

URBANA, IL — Jana Mitchell has owned Illini basketball season tickets since 2006. When the NCAA changed its rules last year to allow student-athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness, she wanted a way to help her favorite Illini, but her independent consulting role didn’t give her much opportunity.
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ILLINI SUPPORTERS LAUNCH NIL COLLECTIVE ILLINI GUARDIANS: “YOU HAVE TO GET IN THE GAME”

ILLINI SUPPORTERS LAUNCH NIL COLLECTIVE ILLINI GUARDIANS: “YOU HAVE TO GET IN THE GAME”

CHAMPAIGN, IL – Fleischer is one of a handful of founders of a new name, image and likeness collective called Illini Guardians, a third-party organization that plans to raise and disperse NIL funds to Illini student-athletes in return for marketing and philanthropic appearances. The group of volunteers is a not-for-profit organization of well connected alumni with the goals of boosting the Illini’s NIL opportunities in a way that can also benefit communities in the state and help the student-athletes make meaningful connections.
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