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2014-2015 Illini Pride Executive Board

President - Ryan Gant
Senior Advisors - Matt Boyce, Preston Brown, Hallie Davis, Patrick Klein
Treasurer - Jordan Richert
VP Block I - Josh Carlson
VP External - John Fronczak
VP Olympic Sports - Brent Nelson
VP Orange Krush - Hannah Taylor
Block I Chairs - Nick Robinson, Jennifer Woodyard
Communications Chair - Chloe Belczak
Events/Philanthropy Chairs - Wayne Crasta, Brianna Shere, Kaylee Siddens
Orange Krush Chairs - Dan Bernstein, Grant Johnson, Jim Vainisi
Sport Chairs - Andrei Andreev, Griffin Bliler, Hannah Brown, Eric Dowdy, Cameron Jones, Paul Kennedy, Mark Leipold, Logan Orr, Jack Rich, Chris Ryba, Katie Shepardson

Thank you to everybody who applied and interviewed for positions on the board. If you are still interested in helping run Illini Pride, we recommend attending the Spring Football events to learn more about how to become a Block I Blockhead!


Spring Scramble

On April 4th we will be highlighting men's tennis! Members should come out to Atkins Tennis Center at 3pm to get a punch card that will be used for the duration of the scramble. Members can also receive a head band if they have not gotten one yet and enjoy free food!!! 

On the 5th at 1pm, we will be cheering on softball at Eichelberger field! Come join us for the world's largest tailgate, where we will be grilling up FREE food! This will be the first chance to earn one of our prizes, an Illini wristband.

On April 11th at 6pm, come on down to Illinois Field for some good old fashioned baseball! There will again be FREE food along with the second prize in the scramble, Illini themed ear buds.

Finally, on the 12th we will conclude with women's tennis at 12pm and the Spring football game at 2pm. Women's tennis will again be at the Atkins Tennis Center and the Spring Game will be held at Memorial Stadium. If members make it to the fourth event, they will receive an Illini Pride pint glass and get the chance to be entered in a grand drawing!! 

The drawing will be for two tickets to either a White Sox, Cubs or Cards game and some team related merchandise. Must be an Illini Pride member and present at the Spring game to win.


Block I: Private Football Practice & Spring Game

Illinois football is almost back!


On Thursday, April 10th, at 8pm, Block I is invited to a private football practice in Memorial Stadium.  Only Illinois High School Coaches and members of Block I are invited to this special practice!  Make sure to come get a sneak preview of the team for next season and show our support!


The Spring Football Game will be a couple days later on April 12th!


More information will be sent out after spring break about the Private Practice and Spring Game.


If you can't wait until April for Illinois football to return then check out this awesome video of the football team's performance at Jock Jams!




Krush: Camp New Hope Volunteering

Hey Krush!

As you all know, Orange Krush has two parts to it: the crazy student section side and the charitable aspect. Now I know everyone loves being a part of the best basketball student section in the land, but what Krush does as a charity impacts far greater people in the community. Krush has donated $150,000 to charity this year alone!

Now, this is your chance to have a hand in helping better the community by volunteering with other Krush members at Camp New Hope! Camp New Hope has been a pleasure to partner with in the past and is a great organization with some awesome programs to help people with developmental disabilities. 

On Saturday, February 22nd, we are looking for some volunteers to travel to Camp New Hope to help participate in their Respite weekend, where there are plenty of activities planned throughout the day. There's going to be games, arts and crafts, and definitely some singing (possibly even dancing) going on! 

We are looking for 10-15 volunteers to join us, but obviously the more the merrier! We will be attending a session at Camp New Hope between 2 and 4 PM, so you should be back on campus at a reasonable time! If you would like to volunteer, please sign up at the link provided her

Also, if you want more information on Camp New Hope, you can visit their website here.

We hope that you can volunteer and make a huge impact in the community, just like with the Krush Kamp!

If you have any further questions, please email Hannah Taylor ( and she will gladly assist you in any way possible!