The Varsity "I" Association consists of all Illini athletes and letterwinners from across the decades. Our goals are to:
- Make Varsity "I" a family
- Keep our members connected to their teammates and other members
- Keep our members connected to the Illinois Athletics Department
- Provide support to current Illini student-athletes
A Letter from Director Lee Zerrusen
Dear Varsity "I" Family,
I am both honored and humbled to be able to serve as the director of the Varsity "I" Association. From attending games as a child to becoming a member of the Fighting Illini Baseball program, Illini Athletics has been one of my true passions, just like so many of you. I am excited for the opportunity to work with you to help the Varsity "I" Association reach our lofty expectations.
I am excited by Athletic Director Josh Whitman's vision for Fighting Illini Athletics. History has shown the levels of success our programs can reach. As the ones who have laid the foundations, you are integral to our future successes. We need everyone to help us achieve the goals we have set forward: We will change the lives of our student-athletes, We will energize and impassion our fan base, and We Will Win.
Moving forward, I want to ask all of you to stay engaged with Fighting Illini Athletics and your programs. We encourage you to come back to campus, attend events and connect with former teammates. I am eager to meet as many of our Varsity "I" members as possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me to share your experiences.
Knowing what being a student-athlete has meant to my life energizes me to work with you – our alumni – to ensure our current and future student-athletes have an even more impactful experience. I hope you will join me in investing in their futures.