Illini Guardians is determined to pool the power of the Illini fan base and show the country what NIL programs can and should be.

"Make no mistake, Name, Image, Likeness is the biggest change to come for college athletics since the adoption of athletic scholarships in the 1950s.  When disruption occurs, some organizations take advantage of the disruption of the game and see an opportunity, others fall by the wayside."

Josh Whitman, Director of Athletics, University of Illinois
Guardian Orange
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Guardian Blue
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Guardian Bronze
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Guardian Silver
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Guardian Gold
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Illini Guardians Ball Cap
Exclusive Illini Guardians hat featuring our retro “1980's logo”. Adjustable to fit any size head. Wear it proudly!
Custom Illini Guardians Poster
Every new Illini Guardian member receives this exclusive poster of Fighting Illini Football Team Running Back Chase Brown, who is set to break all Fighting Illini single season rushing records this year.
Exclusive Access To Special Events
Illini members will receive exclusive access to events limited only to members.
Illini Guardians Coffee Mug
Enjoy your morning coffee or favorite beverage in this ceramic coffee mug.  Show your support of the Fighting Illini with this exclusive mug.
One Year IlliniGuys Membership
Led by CNN and NBATV anchor, Larry Smith, IlliniGuys is the premier website for all Illini recruiting news, sports and draft updates, and regular exclusive podcasts on all things Illini!
Illini Guardians Group Signed Poster
This exclusive, limited edition Illini Guardians poster has been signed by six Fighting Illini student-athletes representing all of our student-athletes who give it their all both on and off the court, field, course or wherever they compete.
Illini Guardians Silipint (2)
The Unbreakable Silipint:  Get a pair of 16 oz. Silipint silicone glasses to enjoy your favorite libation at home or at your Illini Tailgate event.
Limited Edition Merch Drops
Illini Guardians will offer subscribers limited edition custom designed shoes as well as exclusive t-shirts contracted through NIL deals with Illini student athletes!
Illini Guardians Orvis Tailgater Tote
Show your support of Illini Guardians and arrive at your next tailgate event in style.  This high-quality Orvis durable tote bag includes interior pockets, zip top for security and a sleeve that fits on carry-on roller bag luggage.  This will become your go to tote bag.
Illini Guardians Custom Autographed Player Poster
Exclusive Illini Guardians poster signed by Starting QuarterBack Tommy Devito of the Bowl-bound Fighting Illini Football Team.  This autographed poster would look great in your home, office or anywhere.
Illini Guardians Crystal Decanter
Show your support of the Fighting Illini with this crystal decanter.  This high quality crystal decanter can hold your favorite bourbon or whiskey.  Will be inscribed with "Fighting Illini."

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Does Illini Guardians Use Pooled Funds?

We provide student-athletes opportunities to enter NIL contracts to participate in community social service engagement and events. For example:

1. Illini Guardians will use pooled funds to contract with student-athletes to participate in Illini Guardians sponsored events with a pre-vetted group of local philanthropies each year.

2. Illini Guardians intends to contract with inner city youth groups to bring children from “Urban to Urbana” to watch a game or practice and participate in a meet and greet with the team, whose members will be compensated through an NIL contract with Illini Guardians.

3. Illini Guardians will foster opportunities for women athletes through our Fighting Illini Women’s Venture, whereby women student-athletes will be paid to record electronic greeting messages to Illini Guardians’ subscribers, serve as mentors, and grow the reach of NIL into women’s sports.

4. Illini Guardians will create an exclusive on-line marketplace whereby Illini Guardians will purchase autographed items from student-athletes through NIL contracts, and then make these available for resale to Illini Guardians’ subscribers.  We will also offer the platform for student-athletes to engage in the licensing of personal, curated, and proper NIL experiences with individual Illini Guardians subscribers as the marketplace evolves.

5. Finally, Illini Guardians expects to host “meet and greet” events throughout the year, whereby student-athletes will be contracted to appear, meet, greet and generally feel the power and support of an NIL program done right.

And this is just the start.
You can’t spell Illini without NIL or spell Guardians without U.
Welcome to the world of Illini Guardians.

What Is NIL?

NIL stands for Name, Image and Likeness. Student-athletes are now permitted to earn income from the use of their NIL assets. Examples of how a student-athlete can earn income includes, but is not limited to, personal endorsements, appearances, autographs, inclusion of their NIL on physical merchandise or digital content, participation in special events, experiences and promotions.

What NIL Cannot Be...

Student-athletes cannot receive “pay for play” and NIL payments cannot be used to induce prospects. Payments cannot be gifts and therefore, all payments must have a related “value exchange” between the buyer and the seller (student-athlete).

How Can The University Of Illinois Business Community Participate?

Businesses are permitted to purchase the NIL Assets of student-athletes to promote their businesses products and services, including but not limited to personal appearances, social media promotion, inclusion in commercials, the creation of specialized video content and more.

How Can The University Of Illinois Community Of Individual Supporters Participate?

Individual supporters can write checks or place their credit card on file to become “Insider Members” of the collective and receive a set of benefits created from the NIL assets owned by the Collective. Including exclusive access to member-only benefits such as livestreams, autograph sessions, personal meet and greets, and more...Individual supporters who become Insider Members can also purchase memorabilia (physical and digital) from the private marketplace that can only be accessed by logging into the Illini Guardians website.