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How much does it cost to play a round of golf with Illini athletes?

In this case, for a group of four, $1,200.

This includes green fees, use of the golf cart, packed lunch, on-course refreshments, player meet-and-greet dinner, and a donation to the Illini Guardians name/image/likeness liaison group.

On August 26, Urbana Country Club will host the inaugural NIL Golf Open, featuring several top Illinois athletes and coaches. One ticket pays for four golfers, who will team up with one of the Illini.

“All proceeds from the event go directly to the Illini Guardians and their athletes,” said Jenna Koss, Campus Ink’s Director of Sales. All players are paid for their presence.

Who can a team be paired with? Any of Illini basketball players Luke Goode, Coleman Hawkins, Brandon Lieb, Skyy Clark, Matthew Mayer or Coach Brad Underwood, or Tommy Kuhl, TJ Barger and Jackson Buchanan of Illini Golf. And there’s more to follow, Koss said.

The deadline to register and pay is August 22. As of Thursday, there were still a few team spots left.

The event is presented by Campus Ink, a custom clothing store with a name, image, likeness imprint, and the NIL Illini Guardians fundraiser, which pays Illinois student-athletes through sponsorship contracts. crowdfunding.

“Golf is something we thought we could do to help community members engage with athletes,” said Lindsay Quick, who works on community engagement for Campus Ink.

The clothing store has carved a niche for itself in the local name, image and likeness scene, creating custom merchandise and managing student-athlete brands. The company has partnered with Gameday Spirit to create and sell near-replica jerseys with player names on them, at stores and sports venues like the State Farm Center.

On July 29, Campus Ink held a “birthday party” for Clark, a freshman guard who signed autographs for the fans in attendance.

“NIL has completely transformed our business, it’s a great way to show support for student-athletes,” Koss said. “We want to dive in head first and get as much money as possible for these athletes.”