Former Illini defensive back and Sergeant Major Joe Charles C. Armstead points to Illini Avenue in Camp Taji, Iraq, in 2010.
Sept. 1, 2011
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fighting Illini fans serving overseas in the U.S. armed forces have the opportunity appear on the video board at Illinois football games this season, University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics officials announced Thursday. Service members can record themselves giving a "shout-out" to their friends, family and fellow Illini fans, upload it to YouTube and complete the form here.
Selected shout-outs will be shown during Illinois' game against South Dakota State on Sept. 10. In order for a shout-out to be eligible to be shown on Sept. 10, it must follow the script below and be submitted by 5 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Videos can be uploaded after that deadline for possible use at future home games.
Hi, my name is [name] from [hometown, state] and I'm stationed in [city, country]. I would like to say [hi to my parents, friends, etc. - be brief] and [go Illini, oskee wow wow, etc.]!
The Illini open the 2011 season by hosting Arkansas State at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 3. It is the first of five consecutive home games and eight total home games, the most in Memorial Stadium history. Season and single-game tickets are available here.