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Saluki Athletics launches four-year giving campaign

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Saluki Athletics has launched a 4-year, $25 million fundraising campaign to support the future of athletics at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Salukis Forever was launched February 26, 2021 by Saluki Athletics and the SIU Foundation. The entities are working together to raise private funds to support the mission of the SIU Athletic Department. It will end June 30, 2024.  

"During difficult times, the Saluki community demonstrates teamwork, toughness and resiliency," said Director of Athletics Liz Jarnigan. "For the past year, fans have had extremely limited opportunities to purchase tickets and to cheer on our teams. This campaign gives everyone the chance to rally around the Salukis."

Donors will have the opportunity to support Saluki Athletics in general or a particular program. SIU has 17 sport programs, which bring hundreds of student-athletes to the university. 

Beyond giving directly to Saluki Athletics or a particular sport, donors will be able to support the Saluki Athletic Scholarship Fund, the AD Excellence Fund, the Women's Initiative Fund and the Salukis Well-Being Fund.

"Whether it's supporting scholarships, coaching staffs, a specific sport fund, or simply giving to Saluki Athletics in general, every dollar helps," Jarnigan said. "We appreciate every one of our fans, and we are thrilled to finally be able to invite some back for games. The Saluki spirit is the tie that binds generations of fans and alumni together. This is the opportunity to make a tremendous impact." 

To learn more about the campaign or make a gift, visit

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Kenzie Dillow

Kenzie Dillow is the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at News 3 WSIL. She joined the team in 2016 as a video editor, moved into a Producer role in 2017 and took over the SMDCM position in 2021. Kenzie graduated from SIU Carbondale in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Sports Broadcasting and a minor in Advertising.

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