April 11, 2014
Illinois Will Wear Special Jerseys vs. Michigan State
Dugout Club Auction Benefits CASA
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois baseball team will wear special camouflage jerseys on Saturday, May 3, as part of the third annual "Honor and Serve Day" at Illinois Field. The Fighting Illini Dugout Club donated the jerseys and will auction them off after the game, with all proceeds from the auction going to Champaign County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). The event is designed to honor University of Illinois student veterans and all of America's heroes, and to serve the Champaign-Urbana community.
"Honor and Serve Day is a special event for our players, fans and the community," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "It began as a way to honor our military and to serve a non-profit organization within our own community. The Fighting Illini Dugout Club will once again auction off the jerseys to benefit CASA, which aids abused and neglected children in the court system."
CASA is a not-for-profit organization which recruits, trains and monitors volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers work through the juvenile court system to facilitate prompt delivery of services and make independent recommendations to the court concerning the child’s well-being.
As part of the day's promotions, fans can purchase special T-shirts featuring the same camouflage pattern as the team's jerseys. The shirts will be available at Gameday Spirit in Champaign and at Illinois' remaining home games. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the shirts also will be donated by Gameday Spirit to CASA.
Full details on Honor and Serve Day events will be released later this month.
February 8, 2014
The Hot Stove Banquet was a great success and helped raise much needed funds for the Illini Baseball team's upcoming trip to the Dominican Republic. The trip will take place over the Thanksgiving break later this year. There is still time to help the Dugout Club raise the necessary funds to make the trip a success. To help visit the Donate page and chip in to help the team. If you were not able to bake the banquet and want to help, there is still time. Thanks to all Dugout Club members and Illini Baseball supporters who have made this campaign a great success. Go Illini!
January 23, 2014
The weather may have been cold but it was hot inside the I Hotel and Conference Center as the Illini Dugout Club hosted the annual Hot Stove Banquet. This years speaker was former Illini and San Diego Padre Chris Robinson, who entertained and touched the crowd with his stories of personal success and challenge throughout his career.
For a gallery of pictures visit the Media page. Photos courtesy of Thomas at Illinois Baseball Report.
November 1, 2012
Welcome to the new IlliniDugoutClub.org. We are excited to show off our new webpage that will be the online home of the Dugout Club. Keep up with the club through articles, images, meeting notes, and more that will be updated on a regular basis. Thanks to all of the Dugout Club members and Board Members for their support throughout the launch process. Enjoy!
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The team is planning an exciting trip to the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2014. Funds from the Dugout Club will make this trip possible. Get on board today and help the Dugout Club help the Illini Baseball Team make this trip a great experience. You can sponsor a player, or just make a donation to help make sure that the team has a great experience.
All of the Illini sports programs need a little support to do great things. The Dugout Club makes a difference in the baseball program by coordinating fundraising events like the Hot Stove Banquet. It also funds the Senior Dinner which recognizes the contributions of the Illini players who are departing the program. When the team makes a difference in the community, the Dugout Club is there to help with projects like the Food Drive for Harrisburg and Honor and Serve Day. In addition, funds from the Dugout Club were used in the near future to help put the finishing touches on the New Team Clubhouse. Your membership makes a difference in the lives of the players and makes possible worthwhile initiatives that benefit others in the community.
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