Welcome to the Dads Association!

On Father and daughter bwbehalf of the entire University of Illinois Dads Association, I’d like to welcome you to a select group-the fathers (and father figures) of a University of Illinois student! If you’re a first-time U of I parent, you’re probably looking for some resources to help you with your students’ transition to life as an Illini, and that’s where the Dads Association can help. As the oldest known parents’ association in the nation, we’ve got a lot of experience helping families get acclimated to the University community and student life at Illinois. If this isn’t your first student at Illinois, or you’re an alum, you’re probably already familiar with our group.

So who is the Dads Association? You are. Every dad and father figure of a U of I student is automatically a member of the Association. If you register on our website (illinidads.com), you’ll be on our mailing list and get regular updates on campus activities, hints to help your student, and what the Dads Association is doing in the campus community.

The Dads Association is not only an information source, we’re also a philanthropic organization. We award in excess of $25,000/year in grants to student organizations and scholarships every year, along with funding special projects for the campus community. We are the primary sponsor of Dads Weekend, which is held in the fall each year on a football weekend. During Dads Weekend, we honor King Dad-students are invited to nominate their dads, and tell us why they think their dad deserves to be King Dad for the weekend. Our board reviews all the nominations and chooses one deserving individual, who gets the royal treatment for the entire weekend, including breakfast with the Chancellor, luxury suite tickets to the football game, and recognition on the field and the Jumbotron during the game. We also sponsor events thoughout the weekend, including a pregame BBQ, specially priced football tickets, a Saturday night concert on campus, and a Sunday brunch.

Selling tickets for these events is our primary fundraiser each year-the proceeds fund the scholarship and grant programs. If you’re making plans to come to Dads Weekend, please consider purchasing your event tickets through the Dads Association website.

The Dads Association is also always looking for board members. Much like the athletics teams that the University fields, our executive board changes yearly, as members of the board are dads of current students. If you’re looking for a way to get involved with campus life and make a positive impact on the student and university community, please consider volunteering for the Dads Association board of directors. You can find more information on our website, along with a self-nomination form.

Again, welcome to the Dads Association, and GO ILLINI!

Show your Illini spirit and purchase IlliniDads official apparel. All proceeds support our students and the campus community. Founded in 1922, the IlliniDads has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants to U of I students and the Champaign-Urbana community. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you at our next meeting

Joe Gainer
President-University of Illinois Dads Association