Philanthropic investment in Fighting Illini Athletics has a direct and transformative impact on the lives of each student-athlete proudly wearing the Orange and Blue. Fighting Illini Athletics serves as a catalyst that energizes the campus, the Urbana-Champaign community, the state of Illinois, and ultimately all of Illini Nation. Investment in athletic and academic excellence at the University of Illinois is critical to establishing a cycle of sustained success, and everyone in Illini Nation has a part to play.