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ICON Welcomes Inaugural Members to the ICON Business Coalition

ICON is pleased to welcome seven businesses to the newly launched ICON Business Coalition. After rolling out in May, the ICON Business Coalition is a new pathway for businesses of all sizes, industries and regions to directly impact the future of Fighting Illini Athletics.


Whether it be making an appearance at a customer appreciation event, recording a promotional video for social media, or helping spread the word about an innovative new product or service, Illini student-athletes are well-equipped to capture the attention of a business’s target audience. By creating these memorable experiences, the ICON Business Coalition members will build relationships between Illini athletic programs and those that support them. In addition to connecting businesses with their favorite student-athletes through various types of activations, membership to the ICON Business Coalition also provides valuable marketing exposure for businesses through sponsored online content and access to unique event experiences – perfect for entertaining customers and colleagues.


“Our law firm has been in the Champaign-Urbana community for over 100 years so being Illini fans is ingrained in our DNA,” said Andrew and Patrick Harrington of Harrington Law LLC. “Supporting the Illini through NIL allows our law firm to directly support the student-athletes who play the sports we love to watch and cheer for.  We were lucky enough to partner with Jer’Zhan “Johnny” Newton and Keith Randolph Jr. (aka, the Law Firm) the last couple of years through NIL, and the exposure our law firm received out of that relationship has been immeasurable and beyond our wildest dreams. We look forward to continuing our direct support of the Illini student-athletes through NIL, and the ICON Business Coalition allows our law firm to do just that with ease, because when the Illini win, so does the entire Champaign-Urbana community of which our law firm has been a part of for over a century.” 


The ICON Business Coalition is the second membership program that ICON has launched in the last year. ICON for Illini is a membership program geared toward individuals and families, providing tangible and experiential benefits at each of the five (5) levels of participation.


Both ICON for Illini and the ICON Business Coalition provide robust NIL opportunities to Fighting Illini student-athletes and help our programs recruit and retain elite-level talent. Although the world of NIL continues to evolve, it remains imperative that ICON creates new ways for fans, supporters, and community members to be involved while the current NIL model is in place.


Inaugural ICON Business Coalition Members:


The ICON Business Coalition invites businesses of all sizes and industries to pour into the future of Fighting Illini Athletics. We know that a thriving athletic program at the University of Illinois is critical to the success of local businesses in Champaign-Urbana, and beyond. Becoming part of the ICON Business Coalition means investing in our student-athletes, coaches, and teams, to ensure they have the resources to attract and retain the highest-level talent, positioning the Illini to compete for championships for years to come.


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