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    Director's Message

    Dear Friends of UIC Athletics:

    Tradition is not simply built; it is nurtured over time. The athletic tradition that is continually being established here on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus has a strong foundation that has come from a total commitment that includes a large number of individuals. This foundation has been built with athletic history that includes individual athletes, team conference championships, NCAA post-season championship tournament appearances, and NCAA national championship teams. But the most important substance that has always been found through the many years of UIC athletic tradition is the fact that our student-athletes are students first, athletes second.

    Your continued membership in the Big Red Fund helps our student-athletes achieve their goals both in the playing arenas and in the classrooms. Your contribution to the Big Red Fund helps us offset the ever-growing cost of a college education by supplementing our scholarship accounts. You can designate your donation to any one of our 18 NCAA Division One varsity sports.

    I would like to thank you in advance for your support of UIC student-athletes. As we like to say about our 300 student-athletes, "These young women and men are the UIC athletic department's number one resource."

    Sincerely,

    James W. Schmidt
    Director of Athletics