The Orange Krush has given $1 million to charity over the last seven years.
Dec. 6, 2005
The Orange Krush is not only the University of Illinois men's basketball cheering section, but also a charity foundation, which donates thousands of dollars each year to the community, University and students. This year, the Orange Krush Foundation raised and donated $400,000 for charity to bring the seven year total to $1 million. Orange Krush donated $350,000 to the University and 35 local charities at its annual check presentation ceremony this past October, and will donate an additional $50,000 to the V Foundation for Cancer Research this Thursday night during halftime of the Fighting Illini game versus Georgetown.
The V Foundation for Cancer Research is a charitable organization created by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, the legendary North Carolina State basketball coach, dedicated to saving lives by helping the search for a cure to cancer. Orange Krush's donation to the foundation will fund cancer research and help improve nationwide awareness of the importance of the fight against cancer.
Comprised of a record 1,115 members this past season, the Orange Krush is almost entirely student run and is based on the 3-point program. Students must solicit pledges from the alumni and community in order to gain entry into the Orange Krush cheering section. In addition to supporting countless charities over the past seven years, the Orange Krush Foundation has created two endowments.
Two years prior, the Orange Krush formed the Rod Cardinal Sports Medicine Fund. This fund pays honors Rod Cardinal, who was the University of Illinois men's basketball athletic trainer for 30 years. This endowment will benefit all student trainers at the University of Illinois, which in turn will benefit all varsity athletic teams. This was the second endowment formed by the Orange Krush Foundation. The first was the Matthew Heldman Memorial Scholarship Fund, which endows a scholarship for an Illini basketball player. The scholarship honors the late Matthew Heldman, point guard for the 1997-98 Big Ten Championship Team, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 1999. In 2003, the Orange Krush fulfilled the $250,000 commitment, and the fund is fully endowed.
Due to the generosity of its donors and the dedication of its students, the Orange Krush Foundation is donating $400,000 between the V Foundation for Cancer Research, the Rod Cardinal Sports Medicine Fund, the Louis and Dawn Weber Scholarship Enhancement Fund, and 35 local charities to bring the seven year total to $1 million. The Orange Krush Foundation Board uses the Foundation's mission statement as the sole criterion for selecting charities, which is to provide a mechanism for students to give back to the campus, University and community. For more information or to contribute to the Orange Krush Foundation, please contact Allison Berg at 217-244-0062.
2004-05 Orange Krush Grant Recipients
Donation - Organization
$120,000 - Louis and Dawn Weber Scholarship Enhancement Fund
$90,000 - Rod Cardinal Sports Medicine Fund
$50,000 - The V Foundation for Cancer Research
$25,000 - Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Lutheran Church
$10,000 - Relay For Life
$7,500 - Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
$7,000 - Lincolnland Ambucs
$6,750 - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Champaign County
$5,000 - Champaign County YMCA
$5,000 - Cunningham Children's Home
$5,000 - Fellowship of Christian Athletes
$5,000 - Illinois Women's Basketball Season of Youth Program
$5,000 - Immanuel Evangelical Church
$5,000 - Provena Covenant Medical Center
$5,000 - University YMCA - Community Tutoring Services
$5,000 - A Woman's Fund/A Woman's Place
$4,500 - Generations of Hope
$4,000 - Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois
$4,000 - The Reading Group
$3,500 - Partnership Accounts for Individual Development
$3,110 - East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center
$3,000 - Habitat for Humanity
$2,650 - Special Olympics Illinois/ Eastern Prairie
$2,500 - Heavenly Tree Party
$2,000 - Champaign Health Care Consumers
$2,000 - Crisis Nursery
$2,000 - The Warm-a-Kid Program
$1,750 - Anabel Huling Early Learning Center
$1,600 - Developmental Services of Champaign County
$1,000 - Central Illinois Dental Education and Services
$1,000 - Danville Family YMCA
$1,000 - Family Service Senior Resource Center
$1,000 - Parkland College's College for Kids
$900 - Champaign Urbana Ballet/ Tickets For Kids
$750 - Cooperative Nursery School
$575 - RSVP Pen Pal
$500 - Prairie Rivers Network
$500 - William M. Staerkel Planetarium