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Illinois Announces Creation of the Chicago Athletics Advisory Board
The board will help increase exposure for Fighting Illini Athletics throughout Chicagoland

The board will help increase exposure for Fighting Illini Athletics throughout Chicagoland

Feb. 12, 2013

CHAMPAIGN, ILL - University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced today the establishment of the Chicago Athletics Advisory Board. The board consists of a very loyal and supportive group of alumni and donors with deep connections to Chicago and a love of Fighting Illini Athletics.

The Chicago Athletics Advisory Board includes: Ryan Baker, Ronald Bess, Linda Buckley, Tom DiSanto, John Giuliani, Mary Kay Haben, Cary McMillan, Mike Meyer and Chris Williams.

The focus of the Chicago Athletic Advisory Board will be to provide support and direction as the University Of Illinois Division Of Intercollegiate Athletics looks to increase exposure and grow support for Fighting Illini Athletics throughout Chicagoland. The group began meeting the first week of February.

The Chicago Athletics Advisory Board is a vital, external volunteer advisory board comprised of outstanding and key influential stakeholders whom the DIA will rely upon for timely advice, insight, direction and action to help Fighting Illini Athletics achieve a shared vision of excellence in the Chicagoland and Northern Illinois region. With more than 1.4 million Illini fans living within greater Chicago, there is a newly honed focus dedicated to capturing the support of Illini fans that live in the greater Chicago area, as this city will prove very important to the future success of Illini Athletics.

The Chicago Athletic Advisory Board will work closely with the Illinois Athletics Development Office to achieve success in the following areas: marketing, branding, events and entertainment, corporate partnerships and increased donor support of the I Fund and additional capital projects and endowed funds.

Zach Goines, Director of Development - Chicago Operations for Illinois Athletics, had many positive things to say about the advisory board. "The creation of the Chicago Athletic Advisory Board will provide a tremendous boost to our athletics fundraising efforts throughout Chicago." He added, "The expertise, networking connections and passion for Fighting Illini Athletics that this board provides will be a great benefit as we work to fund championship programs at Illinois. I very much look forward to working with everyone both individually and collectively moving forward."

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