SportsEngine Registration: Illinois Irish Basketball

Donation/Sponsorship/Player Fee


Welcome to the Donation/Sponsorship Registration!

This registration session will allow you to complete contact information and submit a donation payment. Please read through each page carefully to ensure that all information is provided accurately. To complete registration through our secure site, please have your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or checking account information available.  Following the completion of this registration, you will see a charge on your account from Illinois Irish Basketball.

The Illinois Irish Basketball Program is an exciting opportunity to help promote both athletics and academics to Central Illinois Area Athletes.  For the last 12 years, the Illinois Irish Basketball Program has provided young athletes (from over 95 different High Schools) with an opportunity to compete in nationally recognized basketball tournaments throughout the spring and summer months which college coaches and scouts from across the country attend. The program helps those involved to grow as individuals on and off the court by helping them understand and develop qualities like: dedication, commitment, work ethic, teamwork, toughness, strategy, perseverance, and professionalism.  

The Illinois Irish Basketball program is comprised of at least 14 teams. We will have 7 age levels of boy’s teams (11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 year olds) and at 3 age levels of girl’s teams (14, 15, 17 year olds) that represent Central Illinois best athletes in the sport of basketball.

Each team will play in approximately 40-50 games over the spring and summer with events taking place in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Texas, and Wisconsin. Through the schedule we play and the success of our teams, the Illinois Irish Basketball Program is proud to say that 120 out of the 120 players we have produced (2009-2016) have attended college (114 collegiate basketball players, 5 collegiate football, 1 Team Manager of Basketball Team at D1 University).  We also have 28 more players that will commit to colleges this year in our 2017 class. 2 of them have already committed and signed with D1 or D2 universities.This will also be the first class for our girls program.

While our course is set and our vision is clear, the Illinois Irish Basketball Program still needs help to make this experience possible. The normal player fee varies between $700 and $800 every year. Your sponsorship will help provide for program expenses including uniforms, tournament entry fees, facility rentals, equipment, travel, insurance, lodging, etc.  This contribution will help ensure that all these young athletes will be provided with the best opportunities they need to succeed.

We have helped produce over four million dollars ($4,000,000) in athletic scholarships for our players in our first eight graduating classes (2009- 2016) and we focus on continuing to make that amount climb every year.  We are asking for your support to help make this all possible and allow these young athletes to hopefully use basketball as a tool to further their education after high school. The Illinois Irish Basketball Program is established as a 501(C) 3 Corporation, and your contribution will be fully tax deductible.

Please take a moment to view our website and social media sites to check out all the great things happening with Illinois Irish Basketball Program.   

If you have any questions regarding the Illinois Irish Basketball program, please call 309-550-1297 or email Thank you for considering this opportunity, and we look forward to hearing back.

Gavin Sullivan 
Illinois Irish Basketball Program

Illinois Irish Basketball Program Alumni

Professional Basketball Players (Overseas)
Dylan Sparkman (U of Illinois Springfield) – Beloncesto Naron (Spain) 
 Kiel Turpin (Florida State University) – BC Rustavi (Georgia)

Division I & Division II Athletes (Full Ride Scholarship)

Devin Whitelow 5'9 Guard (Washington) - Winona State
Brandon McCombs 6'8 Forward (Jacksonville) - Lewis University

Matt Chastain 6'6 Wing (LeRoy) - Loyola Chicago
Dangelo Hughes 5’11 Guard (Springfield SE) – Ferris State
Joah Robinett 6’8 Forward (Dunlap/San Marcos) – Oregon State (Football)
Nick Finke 6’7 Forward (Champaign Central) – Army-West Point
Logan Wolfe 6'5 Forward (Normal U-High) - Iowa State (Football) 
Jake Baughman 6'2 Guard (Central Catholic) - Loyola Chicago (Pref. Walk-On) 
Lou Griffith 5'9 Guard (Washington) - Bradley University (Pref. Walk-On)

Alex O’Neill 6’9 Forward (Peoria Christian) – Creighton
Bryan Heath 6’4 Guard (Rockridge) – Michigan Tech
Christian Williams 6’6 Guard (Decatur St. Teresa) - University of Iowa
Cole Harper 6’5 Guard (Chatham) – Minnesota State
Demarco Washington 6’3 Guard (Peoria Notre Dame) – Illinois State (Football)
Dylan Miller 6’9 Forward (Hillsboro) - North Dakota State 
Obediah Church 6’8 Forward (Springfield High) – Missouri State

Alex Sorenson 6’8 Forward (Dunlap) – Northern Michigan 
Marcus Bartley 6’5 Guard (Decatur MacArthur) – St. Louis University
Max Cook 6’2 Guard (Lincoln) – University of Missouri Saint Louis
Michael Finke 6’10 Forward (Champaign Centennial) – University of Illinois 
Nate Michael 6’2 Guard (St. Joseph Ogden) – McKendree
Shea Feehan 6’0 Guard (Peoria Notre Dame) – Lewis University
Aaron Siler 5’11 Guard (Robinson) – S. Illinois Carbondale 
Addison Bounds 6’4 Guard (Prairie Central) – Eastern Illinois (Football)
Alec Peters 6’9 Forward (Washington) – Valparaiso University

Chris Freeman 5’10 Guard (Champaign Central) – Urbana University
Evan McGaughey 6’8 Forward (Illini West) – Quincy University 
Jordan Seele 6’9 Forward (Illinois Valley Central) – St. Josephs Indiana
Nate Des Jardins 5’11 Guard (Peoria Richwoods) – Quincy University
Tanner Williams 6’7 Forward (Orion) – Loyola Chicago
Travis Britt 6’3 Guard (Rantoul) – Southern Indiana University
Trey Kellum 6’7 Forward (Peoria High) – Southeast Missouri State

Dylan Sparkman 6’10 Center (East Peoria) – University of Illinois Springfield
Hayden Hoerdemann 6’3 Guard (Bloomington C. C.) – Western Michigan 
Jens Kennedy 6’9 Forward (Dwight) – Quincy University
Joey Miller 6’3 Guard (Charleston) - Eastern Illinois 
Jordan Nelson 6’1 Guard (Lincoln) – Evansville 
Mark Gilchrese 5’9 Guard (Springfield High) – University of Illinois Springfield
Max Bielfeldt 6’8 Forward (Peoria Notre Dame) – University of Michigan
TJ Riggs 6’3 Guard (Bloomington) – Quincy University 

Isiah Hale 5’9 Guard (Springfield High) – University of Illinois Springfield
Jeff Johnson 6’8 Forward (Champaign Centennial) - Eastern Kentucky
Taylor Baxter 6’5 Guard (Fieldcrest) – North Dakota State

Dakota Getz 6’5 Forward (Macon Meridian) – University of Iowa (Football)
Kiel Turpin 7’1  Center (Normal West) – Florida State University
Paris Gulley 6’2 Guard (Peoria Manual) – University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Gavin Sullivan


Phone: (309) 550-1297