T-Shirt Sales for Illini Madness Top 15,000
Oct. 11, 2007
Champaign, Ill. - Fighting Illini basketball T-shirts continue to fly off the shelves as Illini Madness approaches. Illini Madness, the tip-off of Illinois' 2007-08 season, will be held Friday night at 9 p.m. at the Assembly Hall, with doors opening at 8 p.m. Required admission to this year's event are pink shirts designed to raise awareness for the fight against cancer. Shirts are selling for $7 each, with proceeds going to Coaches vs. Cancer, a joint effort between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Over 15,000 shirts have been purchased for Illini Madness. They are on sale at Gameday Spirit store locations at both Green St. and Springfield Ave. Shirts will also be available for purchase tomorrow night on the west side of Assembly Hall.
In addition to the money raised by shirt sales, Orange Krush, the student support group for Illini basketball, has announced that it will present coach Bruce Weber with a $7,500 check at Illini Madness to support Coaches vs. Cancer. Orange Krush continues to be the leading fundraising student group for college athletics, having raised $1.5 million for various charities and organizations over the last decade.
To help set the stage for tomorrow night, the U of I is encouraging local businesses to support a casual day for their employees, allowing them to wear their pink Illini shirts to work on Friday, giving even more exposure to Illini Madness and the fight against cancer.
The final shirt sales and total money raised for Coaches vs. Cancer will be announced tomorrow night at Illini Madness.