Illini to Wear, Auction Camouflage Jerseys May 6
April 9, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The defending Big Ten champion University of Illinois baseball team will wear special orange and blue camouflage jerseys for the series finale against Michigan State on May 6 at 1 p.m., as part of "Honor and Serve Day" at Illinois Field. The event is designed to honor University of Illinois student veterans and all of America's military heroes, and to serve the Champaign-Urbana community. The Fighting Illini Dugout Club donated the jerseys and will auction them off after the game. The club will donate all proceeds from the auction to the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club.
As a part of the day's promotions, fans can purchase special T-shirts featuring the same orange and blue camouflage pattern as the team's jerseys. The shirts will be available at Gameday Spirit in Champaign and at all nine Illinois home games from April 10-May 6. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the shirts also will be donated by Gameday Spirit to the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club.
"We're extremely excited to have the opportunity to honor a group of people who have put their lives at risk for our freedom," Illinois head coach Dan Hartleb said. "The `Honor and Serve Day' will be very educational not only to our players but also to the young people of our community. As a small token of our appreciation, this annual event will allow us to recognize and thank numerous veterans, and to raise money for a local charity. This year, we have selected the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club because of all the services they provide young people in our area. As an athletic program, we feel that it is very important to give back to our great community and to teach our student-athletes the value of helping the people who support us on a daily basis."
Special promotional assistance for the event is being provided by the Google Marketing Online Challenge team of Landen Crews, Casey Dollinger, John Gallagher, Varshini Kumar, James Poulos and Stephen Murphy. The online challenge team is composed of University of Illinois College of Business freshmen with the chief objective of helping a local organization through increased traffic on their website and social media sites. Photos of the camouflage jerseys and T-shirts can be viewed on the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club site.