Men's Basketball
UI Alum John Giuliani Family Traditions Club Naming Rights Announced

Dec. 27, 2013

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The John Giuliani Family Traditions Club. See more renderings at the Illinois Renaissance Website.
The vision of the Illinois Renaissance of State Farm Center was embraced by longtime University of Illinois supporter and 1983 graduate John Giuliani. Mr. Giuliani was the first donor to make a commitment to one of the numerous naming opportunities within this historic landmark. The UI is honored that Mr. Giuliani will prominently recognize his family at State Farm Center following a $5 million naming rights gift for the naming of the John Giuliani Family Traditions Club.

"I'm honored to lend my support to my state university, which has been an important part of my life since childhood," Giuliani said. "From the first time I met Coach Groce, and the athletics department leadership, I believed in their vision for the future."

"John Giuliani took an opportunity to provide an incredible naming rights gift for State Farm Center that will keep his name on the Traditions Club for the remaining life of the building," Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas said. "John grew up in nearby Rantoul, graduated from Illinois and is one of our most passionate supporters. He has long been involved in the I FUND program, but the naming rights gift is one of the ultimate signs of support for his alma mater. He makes Fighting Illini basketball a priority in his life, and this gift is another way of showing where the University fits into his very successful life."

From the first time I met Coach Groce, and the athletics department leadership, I believed in their vision for the future.
- John Giuliani '83

The John Giuliani Family Traditions Club will be the largest premium club space measuring approximately 10,000 square feet and will serve many of the future Fighting Illini premium seating patrons. Illini fans have become accustomed to some of college football's best amenities offered in the Colonnades Club and the 77 Club within Memorial Stadium. Now, fans enjoying the action of Illinois basketball will be able to appreciate these upscale conveniences in the newly created John Giuliani Family Traditions Club. This space will be used year-round to host other receptions, dinners, student meetings, community outings and corporate events, and will quickly become one of the most desired event destinations in Central Illinois.

"I've said from the beginning that the Illinois Renaissance is a program changer. But it doesn't happen without extraordinary commitment from people who support our program, people like John Giuliani," Illini basketball coach John Groce said. "I've had the pleasure of getting to know John and what stands out to me, beyond his intelligence and tremendous success in the business world, is the passion he has for the University of Illinois and Fighting Illini athletics. He cares at an extremely high level and has chosen to invest in our future, so we feel incredibly fortunate to have John's support in the renovation of State Farm Center."

"Philanthropy is the practice of giving your time, talents and treasure to help make life better for other people," said Rick Darnell, Senior Associate Athletics Director/Development. "John Giuliani is a visionary leader who showed enormous confidence to be the first family to invest in the future lives of all fans, students, alumni and friends of the University of Illinois. His act of generosity set in motion a wave of support, which is evolving our culture and is taking Illinois to new heights to achieve future dreams. Illinois will realize its goals with dedicated and loyal supporters like John Giuliani.

See more renderings at the Illinois Renaissance Website.
"The renovation of State Farm Center will benefit everyone who visits this famous and versatile facility," Darnell continued. "For more than 50 years it has hosted athletic events, Broadway shows, and famous musical performers. The structure is also a unifying thread in the fabric of Illinois students as it welcomes incoming freshmen at convocation and then celebrates their academic labor at commencement a few short years later. Every gift matters and those who elect to make a difference today by investing in this Illinois Renaissance will impact future generations. With Corporate and private support, we will all work together to return State Farm Center to a venue of national prestige. We are grateful to John Giuliani for being the first to take this step."

Mr. Giuliani, who earned his bachelor's degree at Illinois, has an extensive professional career in the world of marketing and business, including his current position as CEO of ValueClick, Inc. (NASDAQ: VCLK). He has also served as President of North America for Catalina Marketing Services, where he provided behavioral insights, database marketing, and Internet solutions to Fortune 1000 companies. In addition, Mr. Giuliani has served as a director on numerous boards and advisory boards. Mr. Giuliani is also a member of the Chicago Athletic Advisory Board for the University of Illinois.

Mr. Giuliani will be recognized during the Illinois vs. UIC men's basketball game at the United Center in Chicago on Dec. 28, 2013.

For more information about ways to get involved and make a difference, contact the I FUND Team at 217.333.6595 for the Champaign-Urbana office or 312.575.7850 for the Chicago office.